Alien Phenomenology, rhetoric, and pedagogy

By Alex Reid
Digital Digs

bogost_alien coverI read Ian Bogost's Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing yesterday. This is not a "review" of the book, though I will simply say that it is thoughtful and provocative and well-written. It's a book that you can read in a day and be the better for it. That said, I am not done with it either; I am sure I will be returning to it in the coming weeks for reasons I will explain. So while this is not a review, it is something more like an extrapolation, a consideration of this work for object-oriented rhetoric and pedagogy.

Though the word "rhetoric" appears only once I believe in the text, Ian has written about rhetoric extensively in the past (i.e. procedural rhetoric), and though I know this may be a motivated reading, I see this book as focusing a great deal on concerns that are shared with rhetoric as I think I can demonstrate with a brief summary of the text.

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