Kairotically Speaking: Kairos and the Power of Identity






1. For a description about issues online publishing offers, see Mike Palmquist's (2001) editorial. In particular, he emphasizes economic issues as one of the primary changes shaping our publishing practices today.

2. Manuel Castells (1997) defined a project identity as a proactive movement that aims "at transforming society as a whole, rather than merely establishing the conditions for...survival in opposition to the dominant actors. Feminism and environmentalism fall under this category" (pp. 10-12).

3. Movies such as War Games, Terminator, or I, Robot have themes of autonomous technology, which is usually depicted as leading to the annihilation of the human race.

4. In Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency (2003), Jay David Bolter and Diane Gromala defined "remediating" as "the making of new media forms out of older ones" (p. 83).

5. I added "or certification" after reading and considering Michael Spooner's comments in his review of this webtext. He eagerly entered this conversation, saying he sees the tenure review not as a matter of requiring "'proof' of scholarly work because it 'doesn't require proof'; rather, it requires 'certification'… for accepting the work in question." After some consideration, I think I agree with him, but also think it would take another article to discuss the issue fully.

6. I'm using "game" here in the Lyotardian (1984) sense of language games. Drawing from Wittgenstein, Lyotard says that "each of the various categories of utterance can be defined in terms of rules specifying their properties and the uses to which they can be put" (p. 10). The rules and uses of tenure not only differ from institution to institution and college to college but also from department to department. Learning this game is a matter of learning what it means to be a member of a community at the local and grand narrative levels.

7. I say this knowing how much this webtext carries that same quality.

8. For a response to Atkins's article, see Cynthia L. Selfe's (2000) commentary, "To His Nibs, G. Douglas Atkins—Just in Case You're Serious about Your Not-So-Modest Proposal."

9. Graduatespeak: I use this term to refer to an aspect of the academic life of graduate students in that they tend to continually talk about what they are reading, writing, and dreaming about.

10. Michael Salvo, another reviewer of this webtext, makes the observation that "sometimes those in 'traditional circles' [or another way to read it, he says, 'wheel spinning'] can't recognize something unless they've seen it before which is exactly the opposite of the definition of "breakthrough scholarship." I suspect that the print format serves to help familiarize reading when evaluating "new" work.

11. Although this organization is now defunct, it is not gone. The connections among the people involved migrated to TechRhet, continuing ACW conversations.

12. I think another autonomous system is copyright. See Martine Rife's webtext in this issue, "Why Kairos Matters to Writing: A Reflection on its Intellectual Property Conversation and Developing Law during the Last Ten Years," in which she argues for paying more attention to copyright issues in technorhetorical studies.



Dismantling Kairos 1
Dismantling Kairos 2

Autonomous Technology of Tenure 1
Autonomous Technology of Tenure 2
Autonomous Technology of Tenure 3

Kairotically Speaking 1

Myth of Transparency 1
Myth of Transparency 2
Myth of Transparency 3
Myth of Transparency 4

Kairotica of Kairos 1
Kairotica of Kairos 2
Kairotica of Kairos 3
Kairotica of Kairos 4




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