Category: Ethics

  • Lessons from Rhythms of Anger(s): Learning to Listen to them

    Lessons from Rhythms of Anger(s): Learning to Listen to them

    Lessons from Rhythms of Anger(s): Learning to Listen to them Anger is my crutch I hold myself upright with it —Chrystos, I Walk in the History of My People   Women of Color in America have grown up within a symphony of anger at being silenced at being unchosen, at knowing that when we survive, […]

  • Race, Racism, and Scholarship on Premodern Race Today

    Dear colleagues,  It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on HASTAC—for which, my deep apologies—but just before the holidays, I published a blog essay entitled “Why the Hate? The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages, and Race, Racism, and Premodern Critical race studies today”:… The essay uses a 46-page screed (published as a book […]

  • The Problem of Defining Civilization

        “Civilized” is often used as loaded ethical language.  Traditionally, whenever we praise human action, we call it “civilized,” whether it is table manners or peacemaking.  This use of the word civilized leads us to the assumption that civilization is good, and hunter-gatherer culture bad.     The view that civilization is bad and hunter-gatherer culture […]

  • Surveillance Rhetorics – Issue 2

    Surveillance Rhetorics – Issue 2

    “Lyft Atlanta” by danxoneil is licensed under CC by 2.0 News about ride-sharing services seem to be popping up wherever I go. I used an Uber for the first time this past fall when I traveled to Georgia for a conference (too far for me to drive). I found the experience interesting not just because […]

  • Surveillance Rhetorics Newsletter – Issue 1

    Surveillance Rhetorics Newsletter – Issue 1

    Early on in my coursework I started to examine the rhetorical implications of surveillance, thinking epitomized by the rather broad question: “What can rhetoric tell us about surveillance and also what can surveillance tell us about rhetoric.” This series of newsletters is an attempt to answer this question. I plan to pull from an interdisciplinary […]

  • It Is a Busy Time for Tech & Ethics

    It Is a Busy Time for Tech & Ethics

    Recently we have seen a lot of bad news about digital technologies, social media platforms, and data breeches. A part of me hesitates to call it ‘news’ since most of what’s now part of public/popular knowledge has been known to those who work on social technology and information technology research for some time (as in a […]

  • First Blog: #ToStartAConversation

    First Blog: #ToStartAConversation

    *** Trigger Warning: This blog post and/or references, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. ***  #MeToo #TimesUp #WhyWeWearBlack #RapeCultureIsWhen #LarryNassar #HarvyWeinstein #RapeCrisis #SexualAssault #StanfordRapist #BaylorScandal #CampusSexualAssault #ThingsLongerThanBrockTurnersRapeSentence #WomensMarch #InvestigateUSAGymnastics  In the last year, many of these hashtags have circulated the internet and social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and even on websites that don’t typically use hashtags were covered with these phrases. […]