RhetNet has always had *exploration* as one of its operating principles, a
place to try whatever comes to mind. Quite often what we think to try are
variations and reconfigurations of things we're used to doing and value.
"This is good, but what if we could do it *this* way?" We hope (almost)
always to act on that "what if?" proposal.
This page points to several exampls of Rhetnetters who've done just that.
RhetNet Editor and Chief Instigator
Spamonade: A Rhetorical Analysis Project
- What if, instead of merely bitching about spam, we turned it to a
useful purpose? Judy Williamson and Mick Doherty (with help from Bradley
Bleck in the Neologism Department) conspire to instigate a new twist on
net spam: rhetorical analysis.
- The RhetNet
A New Academic Forum toward Shooting Hoops
- Mick Doherty wonders "Why not include online conversation as part of
the doctoral exam process?" But rather than just wonder, he does it. After
taking his written exam, he provided the questions and his answers.
RhetNetters were invited to comment on either during the period before
Mick's oral defense. The night before the defense, we held a MOOmeeting to
discuss the issues pertaining to his exam and to discuss the exam process
An Interactive Historiography
- Mick Doherty (as usual) provides a brief essay on the rampant
production of neologisms (and the process of kludging) on and related to
technology. He invites others to submit their own favorite neologisms and
to comment upon them. This project springs from a RhetNet snapshot he and
Elizabeth Pass published in February 1996, What We
Call What We Do and Why it Matters.
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