I write to express my extreme displeasure at the new (Fall 1999) design for the Kairos web site. Now that your top-level pages have drastically improved, Kairos is no longer an easy target.
Even so, I persevere, inspired by "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and its relentless (yet paradoxically affectionate) ribbing of cheesy movies. I hope my comments will be of some interest to you and to your readers.
Asst. Prof. Dennis G. Jerz
Department of English, U. Wisconsin-Eau Claire
should follow emerging Internet conventions
Let the authors of the individual articles innovate as much as they want; but let the editorial shell follow established web conventions. [more]
Rather than assert its editoral presence in layers of flashy, content-free design, Kairos should offer:
Review This Site
Since I have been so bold as to critique Kairos in public, it is only fair that I invite others to comment on my own work. Most students liked this web site... some didn't. Nevertheless, they had no trouble finding the "content" on this site, and they had plenty to say about it. [more]
The success of Kairos as a public forum speaks to the great need for experiment, reflection, interaction, and introspection, so that we in the humanities do not give the Internet over to marketers and hackers. Nevertheless (in my opinion), the overdesigned Kairos site perpetuates the myth that online rhetoric is necessarily complex and arcane. [more]