Ancient rhetorics and digital networks

Michele Kennerly, Damien Smith Pfister

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An examination of two seemingly incongruous areas of study: classical models of argumentation and modern modes of digital communication. What can ancient rhetorical theory possibly tell us about the role of new digital media technologies in contemporary public culture? Some central issues we currently deal with-making sense of information abundance, persuading others in our social network, navigating new media ecologies, and shaping broader cultural currents-also pressed upon the ancients. Ancient Rhetorics and Digital Networks makes this connection explicit, reexamining key figures, texts, concepts, and sensibilities from ancient rhetoric in light of the glow of digital networks, or, ordered conversely, surveying the angles and tangles of digital networks from viewpoints afforded by ancient rhetoric. By providing an orientation grounded in ancient rhetorics, this collection simultaneously historicizes contemporary developments and reenergizes ancient rhetorical vocabularies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Alabama Press
Number of pages310
ISBN (Electronic)9780817391577
ISBN (Print)9780817359041
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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