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  1. e-portfolios to workshop

    April 21, 2014 by Adam Haley

  2. e-portfolios, as far as the eye can see

    April 14, 2014 by Adam Haley

  3. persuasion and policy

    March 5, 2014 by Adam Haley



    And a handful of policy/position papers worth looking at as models of how to overview the policy questions surrounding a given issue:

  4. advocacy and the production of encounters

    March 5, 2014 by Adam Haley


  5. some of the many thises in which some “I” believes

    January 15, 2014 by Adam Haley


    And, on a somewhat different note:  “A Rejected Submission to NPR’s ‘This I Believe'”

  6. RCL superlatives

    December 11, 2013 by Adam Haley

    We’ll hold off on “most likely to succeed” and “most likely to end up in prison” until next semester, but for now, here are the nominees for our RCL fall ’13 superlatives!

    Voting will take place over on ANGEL, so as to meet transparency standards in lieu of UN election monitors, who have informed me they are unable to be present for these votes.


    First off, the TEDxRCL nominees!


    funniest TED talk:


    most informative TED talk:


    most innovative TED talk:


    best TED talk visuals/design:


    BEST OVERALL TED TALK (a.k.a. the Teddy Ruxpin):


    And . . the RCL blogging nominees!


    funniest blog:


    most informative blog:


    most innovative blog:


    best blog visuals/design:


    best blog writing:


    BEST OVERALL BLOG (a.k.a. the Grand Prix de la Blogosphère):

  7. some paradigm shift examples

    October 25, 2013 by Adam Haley


    Lastly, here’s one more example from RCL’s own Jessica O’Hara, who has posted a link to an essay she wrote for an edited volume on the philosophy of horror.  The essay is entitled “Making Their Presence Known:  TV’s Ghost-Hunter Phenomenon in a ‘Post-‘ World,” and you can find it on Google Books here.  She calls particular attention to the “Spectres of 9/11” section, near the end of the essay, as an example of paradigm shift argumentation.  Here’s Jessica talking about the development of the essay:

    When I developed this essay, at first, all I knew was that I wanted to write on ghost-hunter shows because I liked them and the Paranormal State people were local.  The section about 9/11 came out of my realization that the structure of ghost-hunter shows mimicked HGTV home-improvement shows. Once I made that connection, which amused me, I started to wonder why both genres of shows appeared this past decade. Then I connected their rise to the rhetoric of home improvement, which imagines the home as a “sanctuary.” Why does the home need to be a sanctuary? I thought about this question in relation to 9/11, the emergent dread of public spaces, and the decline in organized religion.

  8. objecting rhetorically

    October 7, 2013 by Adam Haley

    Here‘s a useful critique, by David Sirota in Salon, of Chipotle’s wildly successful “Scarecrow” ad.  A sample:

    In other words, his solution to the meat-producing factory farming system he hates is not just a meat-based system that slaughters animals in a more humane fashion — but a plant-based system that wholly avoids such slaughter. The contrast between the first and the second half of the ad is the story here. The first half is all about meat eating and animal killing, while the second half — the solution part — has nothing to do with meat eating and avoids blatant references to the act of killing animals.

  9. rhetorical objects

    October 7, 2013 by Adam Haley






    9-11 tsunami ad

  10. “The Innovation of Loneliness”

    September 22, 2013 by Adam Haley

    Here’s one more on Sherry Turkle’s “together alone”/connection vs. conversation polemic:

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