if:book: blogging restructures consciousness?
First off, I’m reminded of something Sebastian Mary was saying last month about moving beyond the idea of “authorship” and the economic and political models that undergird it (the print publishing industry, academia etc.) toward genuinely new forms of writing for the electronic landscape. “My hunch,” she says, “is that things are going two ways: writers as orchestrators of mass creativity, or writers as wielders of a new rhetoric.” Little is understood about what the collapse of today’s publishing systems would actually mean or look like, and even less about the actual experience of the new writing — that is, the new states of mind and modes of vision that are only beginning to be cracked open through the exploration of new forms.
Are we preparing our students for the collapse/transformation of current rhetorical institutions? Perhaps accidentally, but not purposefully. Or… maybe we just get trapped in our various bathyspheres, echo chambers, and catacombs unable to anticipate the changes outside these personal cubbybubbles.