Conclusion and Future Directions
Importantly, Ackerman and Coogan’s collection pointed to possible future disciplinary directions, including the need for more work regarding:
The significance of this collection was its consideration of the relationship between the study of rhetoric and down-on-the-ground rhetorical action—where all of our lives are slung between the now and the not yet; where the not yet we may be working toward with others is always a contested fabrication; where the road to that mythological vision is near and far and made in the walking; where walking together is both enough and not nearly even close to enough; where despair is a luxury we cannot afford; and where putting feet to desire is such tenuous, teeth-clinching work. In these paradoxes, The Public Work of Rhetoric staked out and took up some of our most pressing disciplinary questions, showing the public work of rhetoric to be a foibled, sweaty, and altogether human affair. It is not for the faint of heart.