This project began as a paper written for professor Jess Enoch's "Rhetorical Education: Past, Present, and Future" seminar at the University of Pittsburgh. The editorial comments and support I received from professor Enoch, Nathan Koob, Edmond Chang (whose webtext appears elsewhere in this issue of C&C Online), and my classmates helped this project to take its current shape and for that I am extremely appreciative.
Sections of this project were presented as conference papers at the 2007 national meeting of the Popular Culture / American Culture Association; the Twentieth Pennsylvania State University Conference on Rhetorics and Technologies; and the 2008 meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. I would like to thank the attendees and co-panelists at these sessions for their suggestions.
Lastly, I am deeply indebted to the students who were part of the section of Seminar in Composition I instructed during the spring of 2007. They were willing participants in this little experiment and provided me with not only excellent and enjoyable texts to read, but also useful, honest feedback.
-JJB, Pittsburgh, March, 2008