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ENC 1101/1102: Sustainable Identities

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image sampled from the University of Maryland's campus sustainability page




What is sustainability? As practices devoted to the mindful tuning of human habitats to the freedoms and constraints of ecosystems, sustainability begins with the deployment of rhetorical practices for visualizing, mapping, narrating, and advocating specific and informed responses to the issues and problems of any given ecosystem. Such an ecological framework begins with this premise: each one of us must become responsible stewards of life on our planet, and human beings must learn to work together to guarantee a healthy, sane existence for all, today and in the future. Wikia's sustainable community action page builds on this assumption, but also further insists that over-specialization is part of the problem. "Sustainability isn't just something for experts," they say. Rather, sustainability is "about everyone's quality of life and we all have a part to play." In order to play, "non-experts" and experts alike read and write by a rhetorical process of learning, and in this way, form communities of practice, or "sustainable identities." This course will review global definitions, concepts and increasingly noisy discourses of sustainability, and remix them toward practices of civic engagement. We will form groups and compose with new media rhetorical tools to help remix sustainability rhetoric into persuasive compositions, and browse for civic engagement opportunities in our campus, in St. Petersburg, and across the increasingly informatic biosphere.


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Comments (13)

Anonymous said

at 11:36 am on Sep 3, 2008

cfmfbhdfghdf AHHHHH

Anonymous said

at 12:00 pm on Sep 3, 2008

hey, did you figure this stuff out? this is the best i can do =p

Anonymous said

at 2:30 pm on Sep 4, 2008

this is confusing

Anonymous said

at 10:11 pm on Sep 4, 2008

"this" = a pronoun without a reference. What "this" do you refer to, here, Sarah? This is great, we're writing together! But I think we should post questions (and answers) to the Help Forum, located on the SideBar of EVERY page. This way, we can render clarity out of the confusion--by writing together.

Anonymous said

at 11:12 am on Sep 5, 2008

I'll be more specific. There was just a lot of concepts that I didn't quite understand for a while. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to complete my assignments on time due to my confusion. I'm not making excuses, just explaining my situation. So as far what I mean by "this", basically the concepts and ideas of the wiki.

Brandon Reed said

at 11:49 am on Sep 5, 2008

This shit's like myspace for english class. Its trippin me out mann..........

Anonymous said

at 12:32 pm on Sep 5, 2008


Anonymous said

at 4:05 am on Sep 8, 2008

agree....so confused!

Anonymous said

at 11:59 am on Sep 9, 2008

why is week three playing? shouldnt it be week two?

Anonymous said

at 6:38 pm on Sep 13, 2008

New look = super schweet

Anonymous said

at 10:18 pm on Sep 14, 2008

Saw something VERY disturbing today. Check out [Roshi7]

Anonymous said

at 1:27 pm on Sep 15, 2008

Oh, Phil, I commented on your blog / wiki page about your disturbing experience. All I can say is "wow."

Anonymous said

at 1:06 pm on Sep 17, 2008

does anyone know if were on week three or four???

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