Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Rita Raley Presents at DWRL's Speaker Series Event

Mon, March 4, 2013
poster for tactical media
poster for tactical media

This year's Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL) Speaker Series event was a rousing success, streaming live as the Rhetoric Society of America's annual webinar. The event was linked up to a Google+ Hangout, and viewers tweeted questions as well. (Watch the Hangout in its archived form and listen to the audio from the talk.) The event featured Rita Raley, who presented on "Tactical Media as Speculative Practice." She discussed the how tactical media uses art-based activism to make rhetorical interventions, create socio-political disruptions, and produce solidarity. Taking the audience on a tour through everything from the infamous "Pepper Spray Cop Meme" to radical/digital art installations around the world, especially in the context of recent social movements, Raley also provided some tentative answers to the question concerning digital activism and what it can accomplish. Segments from Dr. Raley's presentation will soon appear on the DWRL's podcast Zeugma and in the lab's journal Currents in Electronic Literacy.

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