The Mechanics of new media (science) writing

Articulation, Design, Hospitality, and Electracy

Nathaniel A. Rivers, Christopher Grabau, Katherine Kavanaugh, and Katie Zabrowski


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Avatar for Nathaniel RiversNathaniel A. Rivers (@sophist_monster)
Nathaniel Rivers is an assistant professor of English at Saint Louis University. His current research addresses new materialism's and object-oriented ontology's impacts on public rhetorics such as environmentalism and urban design. He is at work on a book project currently titled The Strange Defense of Rhetoric and an edited collection exploring the impact of Bruno Latour on rhetoric and composition. His work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Kairos, Technical Communication Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Enculturation, Janus Head, O-Zone, and Present Tense. He blogs at pure_sophist_monster.

Avatar for Christopher GrabauChristopher Grabau (@cgrabauID)
As a member of the instructional design team in the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL), Chris consults with faculty, graduate students, and teaching staff on instructional elements, course design, and learning technologies. He also researches new pedagogical approaches to instruction; helps to facilitate intentional transitions to online teaching; and works with faculty teaching in the CTTL's Learning Studio.

Avatar for Kate Kavanaugh Kate Kavanaugh
Kate Tschida Kavanaugh is a masters degree graduate from Saint Louis University. Her emphasis was in Rhetoric and Composition, particularly technical communication. Kate currently works as a business consultant with technology consulting company, Perficient.

Avatar for Katie ZabrowskiKatie Zabrowski (@katethegrater)
Katie Zabrowski is a doctoral student in rhetoric and composition at Saint Louis University. Her interests in complex vitalism, new materialism and object-oriented ontology guide her thinking in rhetoric, composition, and writing pedagogy. Her current research explores hospitality at the level of ontology, tracing the activity of generosity and relationality at the ontological, disciplinary, and institutional levels.


The Students of ENGL 401, Jenny Bay, Collin Brooke, Jeff Rice, Jenny Rice, and Thomas Rickert
A special thanks to these classmates and colleagues for sharing their voices. The project is a fuller articulation because of them.

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Special thanks to the CTTL for providing all the institutional, instructional, and infrastructural support for the course. Nathaniel would also like to thank the CTTL for the Innovative Teaching Fellowship (Spring 2012) that provided a course release to develop the New Media Science Writing course.

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We'd like to thank Firecracker Press for welcoming us into their shop to shoot video, take pictures, and talk new (and old) media. Their work is inspirational and their attunement to process is impressive.

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We'd like to thank the band Magnolia Summer for allowing us to use their track "Door of Return" throughout the video. Their sound is a valuable part of this project.

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Thanks also to Metro Transit of St. Louis for providing the sites and sounds of trains. Thanks in particular to the DeBaliviere/ Forest Park Station.

Buddha Machine
Christopher's podcast makes use of sounds produced by the fabulous Buddha Machine: devices designed to work together to create ambient sounds. In addition to appearing in Christopher's podcast, the idea of the Buddha Machine became a part of the brainstorming associated with this course.

iLife Suite
Except where noted in the transcripts, sound effects and music loops are from GarageBand and/or iMovie.

Several video clips in "Articulation" were downloaded from XStockvideo, which provides free to download and free to use stock video footage.