William Upchurch

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PhD student in Communication - Rhetoric and Culture at University of Pittsburgh. Interests in rhetorical theory and online communication as well as masculinities in subcultures.

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After a decade-long professional background in digital media, games, and print publishing I decided to pursue my PhD in Communication. I found rhetoric (and Foucault) to reflect the way I understood the world and so was hooked from the very beginning. I am very much a netizen and so was interested in how rhetoric functioned around online communities, online identity, and social media. I focused on these questions during my MA but found no literature, methods, or perspectives that provided a complete foundation for answering these questions. I am now developing my own theoretical framework that I hope will help future scholars conceptualize the internet in a useful way for rhetorical theory and practice.

I have also written about gender and spectacle (from media to museums) and have a burgeoning interest in pedagogical perspectives on teaching in the university classroom.

As an older scholar, I bring a wealth of experiences with me to the seminar and the classroom, from first-hand experience of Silicon Valley during the dotcom boom to winning awards as a game designer and air hockey world champion and giving a TEDx talk. Though I'm intellectually challenged and exhilarated by rhetorical theory and philosophy, I prefer to take a pragmatic approach to my scholarship and pedagogy.

Also, karaoke...duh.

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CFP: Emerging Genres, Forms, and Narratives in New Media Environments - Conference at NC State

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CFP: Emerging Genres, Forms, and Narratives in New Media Environments, Carolyn R. Miller crmiller@ncsu.edu Call for Papers Emerging Genres, Forms, Narratives-in New Media Environments Research Symposium 19-20 April 2013 Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) North Carolina...
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"Protagoras Meets Plum Analytics: Ancient Approaches to Scholarly Metrics in the Digital Age" - Dr. Gordon Mitchell, Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

October 5 2012
Collapse of financial models for publishing and distributing academic research, systematic erosion of authors' intellectual property rights, and sheer information overload are all factors prompting universities to develop new approaches to dissemination and measurement of scholarly research. For...
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