Archive for April, 2008

KDM Digital, an Inaugural Event

April 19, 2008

The RCID program with the support of the MATRF is happy to announce that the

> Knowing,

> Doing, and

> Making

> Digital Podcasting System . . .

IS UP & RUNNING. For short, it’s KDM Digital.

Mike Hovan composed the music and performed the opening narration on the podcasts. He also designed the logo for KDM Digital.

Michelle Dacus Carr is the Producer as well as Editor for KDM Digital.

KDM Digital can be found at (You will need iTunes.) When you arrive, there’s no reason to sign in, just click the appropriate Welcome button and enter. What you will find at present are four files:

The inaugural event of the conception of KDM Digital, which was part of a discussion among Tharon Howard (the Director of MATRF), Michelle Dacus Carr, Art Young, Cynthia Haynes, and Victor Vitanza. The historical file is there and ready for you to download and listen to.

Following this dicussion, VjV rebegins his infamously famous Re/Inter/Views (a neologism for interview and review) with two authors, separately and then together. Unlike the previous Re/Inter/Views, developed under the rubric the pre/text conversations, these are more tame and gentle in their exchanges. In fact, they are startups to grander, looser Involutionary events.

The first Re/Inter/View is with Byron Hawk (George Mason U) and his new book A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity (Pitt Comp Literacy Culture), 2007.

The second is with Thomas Rickert (Purdue U) and his Acts of Enjoyment: Rhetoric, Zizek, and the Return of the Subject (Pitt Comp Literacy Culture), 2007.

Thereafter, there’s an open discussion between Byron and Thomas on the “next book.”

Both of these authors/books won the Best Book Awards, 2007, given by the journal JAC.

We are just beginning. There will be more Re/Inter/Views, both infamous & famous. In the near future, please be aware, we will also return to our online Re/Inter/Views, mostly so as to return to the infamous X-changes. Visit

Best to you and your books!

~ Vj V

ps: Ah, KDM Digital has a fan, GVCarter, on YouTube.


The First of Many

April 13, 2008

The Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design Ph.D. program at Clemson University will award its first doctoral degree on May 9, 2008.

Mac McArthur successfully defended his dissertation entitled “Instructional Proxemics: Creating a place for space in instructional communication discourse” on Friday April 11, 2008, and was recommended for graduation by his committee. This degree will be the first Ph.D. awarded by the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities in the history of Clemson University, as well as the first for the innovative and transdisciplinary Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design program (RCID).

Instructional Proxemics” blends the study of theories in

> instructional communication;

> space & proxemics; and

> information/user-experience design

to investigate the influence of space on the interactions of students and teachers as mutual learners.

The abstract of the dissertation:

Changes in strategies of teaching and learning, changes in students, and changes in technology have necessitated contemporary changes in spaces of learning. Grounded in the general model of instructional communication (McCroskey, Valencic, & Richmond, 2004), this study proposes Instructional Proxemics as a conceptual framework for assessing the instructional environment through a blending of instructional communication and information/user-experience design. In a field-experiment involving five instructors teaching 15 sections of Public Speaking, students (n = 234) were invited to respond to a survey assessing measures of student learning, teacher behaviors, classroom practices, and classroom perceptions.

Results of this study indicate that learning spaces influence student perceptions across these measures, and that these perceptions are mitigated by the instructor. Instructor journals are used to provide context for these results. In sum, this dissertation advances the general model of instructional communication by promoting Instructional Proxemics as an impetus for the study of contemporary and innovative spaces of learning.

In a message to the Clemson administration, Dr. Andy Billings, chair of this dissertation committee, wrote that this dissertation is “an excellent example of the type of work that can be produced at the doctoral level in this field.” Alongside Dr. Billings, Dr. Bryan Denham (Communication Studies), Dr. Bill Havice (College of Health, Education, and Human Development), and Dr. Sean Williams (English, Professional Communication) served as members of the dissertation committee.

The defense, held in the Class of 1941 Studio, was attended by more than 25 members of the RCID family who rallied to support their colleague on this momentous day for the program. This success is just the beginning of a bright future for the RCID community at Clemson.

~ This has been a press release by Mac McArthur himself:

Mac has just told us: “I have accepted a position at Queens University of Charlotte for the upcoming academic year. I am very excited to serve there as an Assistant Professor of Communication, working toward tenure.” Congratulations, Mac!

StRange @ Popular Culture Association

April 12, 2008

Communication and Digital Culture VI:

~ ~ ~ We Are the Strange . . .

The object/s of post-criticism were M Dot Strange and the film We Are the Strange:

– Jason Helms, “iStr8ne: Electracy in We Are the Strange

– Keith Morton, “The People’s Aesthetic: The Use of 8-bit Graphics and Videogame Culture in M dot Strange’s We Are the Strange

– Joshua Abboud, “Digital Fairy Tales: Narrative Nostalgia and the Violence of Childhood Fantasies in We Are the Strange

Keith took on formal aspects, I looked at the narrative, and Jason took turns discussing portions of our papers that were similar in order to create a more fluid and integrated spoke about it in terms of electracy. We presentation. Clips played on the screen while we spoke and we referred to them when appropriate. For the most part our sections synced up well enough to mimic the integration of all three aspects in the film itself. It was fun to prepare and execute a presentation appropriate for the topic. ~ Josh Abboud

Conference Presentations, CCCC and ATTW

April 12, 2008

The RCID Students and Faculty made multiple presentations this April, ’08, at the College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC) and the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference (ATTW) in New Orleans. (Top Right: Keith Morton @ the St. Martin, Bedford Publisher’s party, New Orleans Aquarium. Bottom Right: Amanda Booher, Alicia Hatter, and Randy Nichols.)

Dev Bose, “Sophistic Influences on Marxist Rhetorics” (Research Network Forum)

Michelle Dacus Carr, “Rhetorics of the Silhouette in the Work of Kara Walker” (RNF)

Alicia Hatter, Randy Nichols, Wu Dan, and Tharon Howard composed a panel on “Creating A User-Experience Through an ‘Interpellation Research Instrument’ for Giving Websites.”

Cynthia Haynes, “Cities of Rendition: Interrogation on/of the Extrajudicial Edge”

Jason Helms, “Cold Fusion: From Orality to Electracy and Beyond” (RNF)

Jason Helms, “300: From Cool Comic to Cool Film”

Susan Hilligoss, “Multimodal Usability 101”

Josh Hilst, “Inventional Cinematics” (RNF)

Justin Hodgson, “Professional Rhetorics: Rethinking Communication and Composition”

Jan Holmevik, Cynthia Haynes, and Jason Helms, FSIG.22 Serious Games. Jason demonstrated his game based on J. Derrida’s article “Structure, Sign, and Play.”

Tharon Howard, “A Usability Study of Visual and Verbal Approaches to Writing Handbooks”

Tharon Howard, “RIBS: Four Criteria for Meeting the Affective Dimensions of Social Networks”

Steven Katz, “God as Ultimate Sophist: The Tension of Inscription and Absence in the Hebrew Bible”

Steven Katz, “A Meditation on ‘Usability’ ”

Xiaoli Li, “New perspectives on intercultural theories and pedagogical methods to connect global and local communities: A scenario-based approach to teaching international/intercultural professional communication” (Won the prize for longest title!)

Keith Morton, “Intercultural New Media and Pedagogy” (RNF)

Barbara Ramirez, “Archives in the Digital Age” (RNF)

Summer Smith Taylor, “Effects of Studio Space on Teaching and Learning of Writing”

Steve Thompson, “Recognizing Rhetoriconics: The Strategic Positing of Rhetorics for Iconic Media” (RNF)

Victor J. Vitanza, “Cities of the Living (‘Reversible Destinies’)”

Sean Williams, “The Ethics of Experience Design: Changing the Value
Propositions in Technical Communication”

Art Young, FSIGO9: Meeting of the International Network of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs

~ vjv

PS: RCID Rocks!