Mullet-Superman, some interesting stories about identity, rendered almost unreadable by the "triangle" system of numbering Superman comics so that four comics were essentially one storyline. While the odd issue is interesting, on the whole, in the Great Comic Purge, they have to go!
I don't want to think this hard when the TV is on. Respectable, and useful for pedagogy, especially the startling first video about perceptions of color -- but not something to watch on the weekends, when apparently, to my weary eyes, media matters less.
The first Star Trek of the J.J. era was a reinvention on the scale of Joyce's Ulysses (I exaggerate, but only a little). This movie is a remake on the scale of the Family Guy recreations of Star Wars. Deeply disappointing.
An interesting video for a rhetoric professor to watch -- one that teaches us something about the education system broadly and the different ways that access and economics and culture are reinforced by educational practices and traditions. While the use of Freire is slight, the overall is thought-provoking.
Probably the best-ever trilogy of superhero movies -- better than anything Batman or Superman franchises generated, and more consistent than then X-Men franchise. #1 recovered the magic of the comic series while reinventing the narrative. #2 sustained, even if it did not innovate, and #3 recreated the Mandarin for the 21st century and cemented the idea that continuity in comics can be an innovative way to conceive a movie franchise.
Watching ME-TV in the background tonight. Like most of my generation, I disrupt my focus on work by tuning in to sound in the background. (I killed this habit pre-tenure, and welcome it's return.) The premiere episode of Lost in Space was almost real science fiction -- I was actually feeling dread for the characters' fate! What a turn from the cotton candy of later seasons!
Steve Farnham suggested this. It's not too bad. I wouldn't own it, mostly because the makeup on aliens is poor theatre quality -- the designers in the bonus materials said they wanted to go beyond the forehead appliance (used in ST:TNG), but they should have only done so if they were ready to surpass the forehead appliance. But mostly, in the end, it suffers from the same slow-moving politicking of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, a slow moving-ness I tolerated because I am committed to the franchise -- I am not committed to this franchise.
In this period, Iron Man divests himself of his fortune (clever), then nosedives away from being the man who was sharply critical of his family's and corporation's role in weapons development for the military to becoming a wing of the military (SHIELD and the Initiative). Really, is there no sense of continuity among comics authors after 2000? I hereby move to divest myself of all comics published by Marvel in the Bendis Era.
“A Broader Understanding of the Ethics of Listening: Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Media Studies and the Ethical Listening Subject.” International Journal of Listening 23.1 (2009): 7-20.
William Keith and David Beard. “What’s the Warrant for Warrants: Toulmin’s Rhetorical Logic.” Philosophy & Rhetoric 41.1 (2008): 22-50.
“On the Apocalyptic Columbine” (with Joshua Gunn). Southern Communication Journal 68:3 (Spring 2003) 198-216.
“On the Apocalyptic Sublime” (with Joshua Gunn). Southern Communication Journal 65:4 (Summer 2000) 269-286.
"Paul Virilio and the Mediation of Perception and Technology" (with Joshua Gunn). Enculturation 4.2 (Fall 2002).
Refereed Book Chapters
“Communicating with Audiences.” Contract signed for chapter in anthology with NCTE Press (edited by Brian Fehler et al).
“Rhetoric: A Multidisciplinary Major.” Chapter in anthology with USUP Press (edited by Greg Giberson, et al).
“Historiography and the Study of Rhetoric” (with Dr. Arthur Walzer). The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. Eds. Andrea A. Lunsford, Kirt H. Wilson, and Rosa A. Eberly. Los Angeles, Sage, 2009. 13-34.
“Rhetorical Theory: Major Figures in the Aristotelian Tradition” (with Dr. Arthur Walzer). Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum. Eds. Linda K. Shamoon, Rebecca Moore Howard, Sandra Jamieson, and Robert A. Schwegler. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook 2000.
“More than 100 Years of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota.” Composition Forum 18 (Summer 2008).
David Beard and Katelyn Vo Thi-Beard. “Rethinking the Book: New Theories for Readers’ Advisory.” Reference and User Services Quarterly 47.4 (Summer 2008): 331-335.
“Silver Age in Hidden Places: The Other Origin of Brainiac” (with Katelyn Hoa Vo Thi-Beard). International Journal of Comic Art 9.2 (Fall 2007).
“Out of the Aerie Realm of the Intellectual Firmament.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 93.3 (2008): 349-351.
“Diamond Data as Public Relations Tool.” The Comics Journal 283.
“Rhetorical Criticism, Holocaust Studies, and the Problem of Ethos” (A reply to “Ethos, Witness, and Holocaust ‘Testimony’” by Michael Bernard-Donals). JAC 20 (Fall 2000): 949-956 (see http://jac.gsu.edu/toc204.htm).
"Interchange (More Thoughts about Developing Quality Scholarship in Technical Communication)" ATTW Bulletin 8:2 (Spring 1998): 7.
Review of Making Sense of Political Ideology by Bernard Brock, et al., for Review of Communication. In press.
Review of Composition and the Rhetoric of Science by Michael Zerbe for Review of Communication. In press.
Review Essay on Daniel Gross’s Secret History of Emotion and Heidegger and Rhetoric. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 2008): 109-112.
Review of Poetic Healing by Mark Huglen and Basil B. Clark, with an afterward by Bernard Brock. In Quarterly Journal of Speech 92:2 (2006): 232-235.
Review of Internal Rhetorics by Jean Nienkamp. In Rhetoric and Public Affairs 6:1 (Spring 2003): 206-208.
Review of Reading the Vampire Slayer: An Unofficial Critical Companion to Buffy and Angel edited by Roz Kaveney In Popular Communication 1:3 (2003): 189 – 191.
Review of Fearless Speech by Michel Foucault. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Summer 2002): 99-103.
Review of the anthologies Living Rhetoric and Composition and Twentieth-Century Rhetorics and Rhetoricians for Technical Communication Quarterly 11:1 (Spring 2002): 102-104.
Review of Double Fold by Nicholson Baker. In Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (Spring 2002): 85-90.
Review of Philosophy in the Flesh by George Lakoff. In Argumentation & Advocacy 38:1 (Summer 2001): 59-61.
Review of Selling the Holocaust by Tim Cole. In Critical Studies in Mass Communication 18:1 (March 2001): 120-122.
Review of Pandora’s Hope by Bruno Latour. In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 30:2 (2000): 104-107.
Review of Scientific Discourse in Sociohistorical Context by Dwight Atkinson. In Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 30:3 (2000): 281-285.
Review of A Short Rhetoric for Leaving the Family by Peter Dimock. In Rhetoric Review 18:1 (Fall 1999): 215-218.
Review of Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings Volume 1 (1913-1926). In Quarterly Journal of Speech 84:2 (May 1998): 256-258.
Review of A Teacher's Introduction to Composition in the Rhetorical Tradition and A Teacher's Introduction to Postmodernism (NCTE Teacher’s Introduction Series). In Rhetoric Society Quarterly 27:2 (1997): 88-90 (with Matt Segaard).