By Nedra Reynolds
Twenty-first-century technological techniques have revolutionized the best way we adventure area, inflicting an elevated experience of fragmentation, chance, and placelessness. In Geographies of Writing: Inhabiting areas and Encountering distinction, Nedra Reynolds addresses those difficulties within the context of upper schooling, arguing that theories of writing and rhetoric needs to have interaction the metaphorical implications of position with out ignoring materiality.
This textual content marks a summit of labor initiated in Reynolds’s well-received article, "Composition’s Imagined Geographies: The Politics within the Frontier, urban, and Cyberspace." In carrying on with this previous paintings, Geographies of Writing multiplies its variety of software and proposes a geographical rhetoric. Reynolds makes use of cultural geography, feminist thought, qualitative study, and repair studying to hyperlink writing and spatial practices and to unpack the layers of the social construction of area. Drawing mostly from participant-observation study in a cultural geography category at Leeds collage in England, she investigates questions of distinction and identification and provides an alternative choice to the method paradigm.
Geographies of Writing makes 3 heavily similar contributions: one theoretical, to re-imagine composing as spatial, fabric, and visible; one political, to appreciate the sociospatial building of distinction; and one pedagogical, to coach writing as a suite of spatial practices. Aided by means of seven maps and illustrations that strengthen the book’s visible rhetoric, Geographies of Writing indicates how composing initiatives and digital house functionality as conduits for navigating reality.
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Main Street is now the space between airports” (Sorkin xiii). A sense of loss of public space can also be traced to corporate sponsorship, or selling the right to put a company name on a place—for example, Boston Garden is now the Fleet Center; Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium is now Cinergy Field. The Fleet Center or Cinergy Field could be anywhere, their names having nothing to do with the town or location of the arena. An important public space, then, a place for gathering and the (at least potential) intermixing of cultures and classes, is named for a company and not a place.
36 BETWEEN METAPHOR AND MATERIALITY When space is parceled out, as in absolute space, the result is boundaries, borders, fences, and no-trespassing signs with varying degrees of subtlety. The wide-open frontier, for example, gradually became a set of territories owned by individuals and protected from intruders. One consequence of absolute space, then, is a binary opposition where people are either in or out. Most treatments of discourse communities imply the territorial nature of specialized languages but also convey that while only “insiders” are welcome, outsiders are not completely excluded.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation lobbies to stop legislation limiting the freedom of computer users. Howard Rheingold’s The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier addresses the idea of domesticating space—making a home in unfamiliar territory, staking a claim, naming it ours. Even the moral code of the frontier is reproduced: “The Internet has been like the Wild West before law and order was brought to it” (Vitanza 133). Composition, like Star Trek and NASA, is so completely “American,” as the Muchiri essay argues, that the temptation to claim a new final frontier is strong and appealing.