Digital Writing and Rhetoric: "Who Owns the News? Question-Posing and Public Discussions in 450,000 New York Times Comments" with John Gallagher (English).
Online comments have become a divisive issue in public discourse, known for their vitriolic language. Rather than avoid the comments, however, why not examine them for what might they reveal about online discourse and Internet culture? Gallagher will present his big-data analysis of 450,000 comments from The New York Times. He argues that commenters augment discussions of the news by offering critical commentary through their frequent question-posing. In this presentation, he also will share insights into the approaches and tools used for digital rhetoric and writing.
John Gallagher is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He teaches web development, professional and workplace writing, and digital rhetoric. His research focuses on participatory audiences, templates, and internet technologies. He is currently writing a book, tentatively titled The Continuing Conversation: The Update Culture of Online Writing. He has been published in Written Communication, Computers and Composition, and Transformations: the Journal of Inclusive Pedagogy.
Co-sponsored by the Scholarly Commons of the University Library.