And our winner for Best Rhetorical Analysis in the month of December by someone 12 years of age or younger goes to Riley, who reminds us that analyzing the rhetoric of color choices, gender shaping, and consumer culture can never begin too early. Congratulations, Riley!
I don’t know much about tenure or impact factors and journals. I don’t really know much about how academic journals get rated for prestige, influence, and coolness. But I’ve been thinking about new sorts of ratings for academic publications—especially those DIY publications. I’ve been thinking about those self-published pieces that don’t go through a journal but are published online ready to be experienced. There are some outstanding pieces out there that may not have a home in a journal but are important and need some support and academic cred. I’ve also been thinking about all the work comp and rhet teachers do online. I mean often they are blogging about rhetoric, vlogging about rhetoric, youtubing about composition, facebooking composition and, in general, engaging in academic activities through social media platforms that they never get credit for. So I wonder about liking and +1ng. And I ask ya these questions:
1. Should there be some sort of calculation (impact factor type) for articles, books, and websites based on likes and +1s and tweets ?
2. Could academic prestige be equated to social media numbers?
3. Should social media presence help with tenure?
If the answer is yes to any of the above then ya gotta ask the next questions:
1. Would a like from Villanueva mean more than a like from Muhlhauser?
2. Would a +1 from Yancey be rated higher than a +1 from Brad Pitt?
What would a university look like if tenure were based on social media presence?
Please like, +1, and tweet this post. I’m preparing for the future.
From the latest issue of WIRED comes this dispatch on speech analysis research conducted at University of Michigan, which concludes that faster pacing, regular breathing, and control of pitch (less varied for men, more for women) is the key to persuading your listeners. And somewhere from the beyond, Demosthenes smiles…