Kierkegaard stating “Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate…It is an adventure that every human being has to live through, learning to be anxious so as not to be ruined either by never having been in anxiety or by sinking into it” is what Avital Ronell means when she says that anxiety is the mode of ethicity par excellence.
i opened therapy yesterday by saying “i’m extremely anxious. but i haven’t been taking it out on anybody.” on the cab ride home, after i had tipped him 25%, the driver kept thanking me for being patient about the traffic. i was happy to just stare out the window, though. when i told my therapist i was anxious last week she said “it’s probably because you got your dream and you’re afraid someone will spoil it.” anyway, i’ve got some tougher negotiations today.
This project group will explore and push the rhetorical limits of social media platforms, researching and practicing inventive uses of these composing technologies. Rather than positioning social media as antithetical to critical thinking and attentive rhetorical practice—as is common in mainstream discourse—members of Excitable Media will explore ways that scholars, teachers, and students of rhetoric and writing can use social media to encourage and enact rhetorical and critical reflection.
As Liz Kinnamon argues in the introduction to #Social Media Anxieties: A Zine on Digital Failure and Attachment, the most popular social media sites—e.g. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—are “becoming calcified” in their own unique structures of feeling: Facebook for announcing life’s successes, Instagram for what were once Kodak moments, and so on. In exploring social media as a ground for rhetorical invention and innovation, Excitable Media will attempt to interrupt this calcification. The primary goal of the group, therefore, is to find out what is possible for students, teachers, and scholars of rhetoric when we re-think the capabilities of social media and the rhetorical uses to which such media might be put. The group’s exploration of this question will help to situate their project within a larger scholarly discourse. However, group members will not only need to consider the question conceptually—they will also be encouraged to experiment with and enact innovative composition practices using social media technologies, perhaps even using social media to report and publish the group’s findings.
A Tumblr that probes the eternal question: are we networking right now or fangirling? E.g. This text message exchange between feelingofgaze and start-anywhere about karaj
this warms my heart! i’ve been meaning to post about “excitable media”—it’s all in my drafts—i just keep getting lost in weird fashion tumblring. anyway, as you know, i have a lot of love for both of these blogs. and now this new blog, too.
Hi Kara! I love your blog and have been following you for a long time and look up to you. I didn't know you had an Instagram until you just posted about it and I just followed you and was looking through your photos (mostly because your ring is my dream ring) and it looks like Marc's brother was my middle school math teacher? All this is to say, the world is very small and weird and I wish you and Marc the best!
i love this. i can’t believe jeff was your middle school math teacher! he swears he doesn’t read my tumblr any more and i think we can use this communication to find out if he’s telling the truth.
lg:if you want it down for the wedding i would go with an ldr-inspired wave that has been surfing at the beach.
(do the side sweep, i think it would b v good on you)
kj:will you show me one pic of what you mean?
(i think i know. its her classic, yes?)
lg:Yeah just the Classic but i think that retro do is not you at all, so they need to like go from that and then modernize it with some texture like you've been surfing. like you got your hair did and got in the water right away cause you don't give a fuck.