A Point of Dis(sing)-Stasis 

Topoi are the foundation of Aristotle's Rhetoric. They provide a place to stand, a point of stasis. At "root," they are a centering focal point from which to order discourse. This has two primary implications for my project here. 

Initially, the inference in the opening paragraph is to the ordering fetish within composition studies. Whether Current-traditional, neo-Aristotelian, cognitivist, or social epistemic, the emphasis is on control, surveillance, and order. Therefore, I am equating composition with the fetish for godliness...See Schizophrenia, God: Order, Chaos. So I ask in the opening paragraph, what is composition's relationship with disorder: Does it too, as does capital, have an implicit complicity with schizophrenia? 

Secondly, the concept of topoi plays an important role in the "structure" of my project. I'm not working directly off of an Aristotelian rhetoric. My aim is not persuasion, and I provide little traditional "evidence." This does not mean my project is incomprehensible, nor hostile to its audience. Rather, I'm making a point of disorder--purposely avoiding a clear/specific thesis (point of stasis). Always attempting to play the schizophrenic, nevertheless with a sense of order. I could state that the purpose of this project is simply to rethink the binary order/chaos across the structure of the computer classroom--to hint at their inherent interrelationship not only in general but as it applies to composition, and composition's relationship to technology. Or more specifically, I could ask my audience to use this rethinking to examine their own assumptions about composition-- that underlying ideology of order. Or I could say that this project, though it doesn't discuss writing per se, writes in a way that exemplifies the implications of rethinking this binary for writing. But these would sound too much like a theses. [Theses are always multiple.]