Rhetoric as a Posthuman Practice

November 29, 2020
Rhetoric as a Posthuman Practice

In response to the pervasiveness of emerging communicationtechnologies, Rhetoric as a PosthumanPractice argues that information be understood as anembodied, material practice. The guiding proposition for this bookis that digital rhetoric now concerns how bodies, broadlyconstrued, become informed through practice that includes not onlytraditional communication activities between bodies but also howinformation technologies organize and exercise those varyingbodies. Through case studies of the media art of glitch, urban explorers’use of social media, and DIY digital networks, this book thenreconsiders how practice/exercise functions when the once essentialbodies of the individual and a society—the two primary categoriesauthorized by a humanist paradigm—become less reliable categoriesfrom which we might orient rhetorical action. In sum, the bookargues that rhetorical practice is irreducible to the traditionsand categories of humanism and must now exercise its posthumancapacities.