The idea behind my research and project is to invite the question of digital rhetoric into play and to consider different aspects of rhetoric in the online genre. Technolingualism is a term that I have come across while editing for academic work and writing journal entries, as well as book reports. This term is closely related to that of digital rhetoric. It is a form of persuasion that utilizes the online world as its platform and database to conduct methods of argument and communication. Digital rhetoric is especially interesting to me because of the field I have chosen for myself. At first, I could not see the relevance or even the significance in studying this topic. I am a student in the professional communication track with a focus in user experience and technical writing—this is not for me. I am not going to study different forms of speech on the internet. But then it hit me, that is literally what I would be doing for my career. I do not want to write for social media but I might one day. Things took a turn when I saw this work being applied to different platforms and utilizing different agencies of speech (the application to twitter and memes). The idea behind that is the initial approach to media and how writing has changed incredibly in our modern world. New media must be analyzed differently than the physical text. I have been exposed to the ideas of digital rhetoric and different authors who have studied this process in every capacity. Needless to say, this image reflects my understanding of the topic:
The purpose behind this image is to say that while I am a scholar who has studied digital rhetoric in different classrooms, I am also a novice who still has no idea how to categorize or understand this term. Where does this apply, does it need to be a term, and how can I study its ways outside reading texts?
In other news, digital rhetoric appears to be any rhetoric of new media must begin with an understanding that wherever there is persuasion, there is rhetoric. The idea is that these two different forms of rhetoric appear on different platforms and are using different forms of persuasion—new media consists of more than just text. New media includes memes, posts, statuses on different social media platforms, and even the analysis of online identities.
My process must begin with researching different books on digital rhetoric and choosing one to write a book report or even a journal entry on. I am also going to study different media platforms and listen to different podcasts to pick up and gauge this sense of rhetoric. It makes sense to study all digital platforms because of the term: “digital” before the rhetoric. I want to track my process of understanding this term and deciding on what digital rhetoric is, what can rhetoric be defined as, and what the true definition of this term becomes when applied to my written deliverables. In other words, does this term work across all platforms, is it situational (meaning only works for certain situations) and is it a rhetoric that can be applied to each and every one of us.