book coverA Review of Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground

Adam J. Banks (Syracuse University)
Urbana, IL and Mahwah, NJ: NCTE-LEA
ISBN: 0-8058-5313-8
$19.95 (paper); $59.95 (cloth)
162 pages
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Review by Asao B. Inoue (Southern Illinois Univeristy Edwardsville)
With contributions by Adam Banks, Jane Bullard, Melissa Braunschweig, Arthur Muro, and Shannon Philpott

In this review I offer a reading of Adam Banks’s Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground that considers it as a potential text for college courses on composition, race, and technology. I talk most specifically in terms of graduate courses, since I used it for a graduate seminar in the spring of 2006. This review is designed primarily to help teachers decide whether or not to include the book in such a course. However, this is not a typical Web review – that is, I’m not attempting primarily to “critique” the book, although I do offer some criticism. Instead I provide in this review:

  • a macro view of the book’s discussion that gives a bird's-eye view of the project so that teachers can get a sense of which courses it might most usefully be incorporated into;
  • a few unfulfilled expectations and criticisms that I have concerning the book;
  • a summary of selected teaching points and passages that incorporates some criticism but mostly suggests pedagogical possibilities;
  • an excerpted asynchronous discussion of the book among a few graduate students, myself, and the author, to illustrate some of the book's potential for productively engaging students and teachers in discussions of race and technology.