Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere (Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation #10) (Paperback)

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In Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics, Damien Pfister explores communicative practices in networked media environments, analyzing, in particular, how the blogosphere has changed the conduct and coverage of public debate. Pfister shows how the late modern imaginary was susceptible to "deliberation traps" related to invention, emotion, and expertise, and how bloggers have played a role in helping contemporary public deliberation evade these traps. Three case studies at the heart of Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics show how new intermediaries, including bloggers, generate publicity, solidarity, and translation in the networked public sphere. Bloggers "flooding the zone" in the wake of Trent Lott's controversial toast to Strom Thurmond in 2002 demonstrated their ability to invent and circulate novel arguments; the pre-2003 invasion reports from the "Baghdad blogger" illustrated how solidarity is built through affective connections; and the science blog RealClimate continues to serve as a rapid-response site for the translation of expert claims for public audiences. Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics concludes with a bold outline for rhetorical studies after the internet.

About the Author


Damien Smith Pfister is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780271064611
ISBN-10: 0271064617
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation
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