Volume 5, Issue 2

Letter from the Editor

We are delighted to announce the publication of the second issue of volume five of Convergence/Rhetoric. Since our last publication, our esteemed Faculty Editor Dr. Marcy Galbreath has retired. Consequently, this issue has been made possible by new Faculty Editors Dr. Brandy Dieterle, Professor Heather Vazquez, and Dr. Joel Bergholtz who stepped in, with the continued support of Professor Adele Richardson. We appreciate our readers and the continued support of faculty who make this publication possible.

This issue brings forth four excellent pieces from four different classes: Essay as Cultural Commentary, Rhetoric of Comics, Rhetorical Traditions, and Writing in Digital Environments. Collectively, these pieces bring forward diverse perspectives and speak to public issues within the discipline of writing and rhetoric.

“Viewing Life” by Riah Smith is our first comic that we are publishing, and it provides a personal narrative of an interaction between a visually impaired and a sighted person. Smith explained her goal as causing some disorientation for sighted readers as she breaks some of the rules and expectations of the comic genre. Meanwhile, Smith also provides an option for a Braille reading of the text.

Continuing with diversity at the forefront, Priscila Schilaro Santa Rosa’s "Building Communities Beyond Borders: The Translingual Practices of International Fans of Korean Pop Culture" examines the translingual discourse practices found in Korean pop culture discussion forums. Schilaro Santa Rosa examines three different discussion forums and compares and contrasts the rules of the forums and the discursive practices fans engage in as they discuss Korean pop culture, including K-Pop and K-Dramas.

In “How Culture and History Shape Rhetorical Ideas: African Rhetoric Within the Western World,” WynterRose Hill considers the cultural underpinnings of understanding African rhetoric, specifically through a critical examination of the works of scholars Maulana Karenga and Molefi Asante. Hill advocates for greater attention to and consideration of the role of African rhetoric in discourse.

Dominique Kaufman-Reeves rounds out this issue with a Spreadable Media Campaign on the subject of cyberbullying. Kaufman-Reeves developed two different forms of spreadable content, a series of tweets and a set of images that would be posted on Instagram. The majority of this essay unpacks the rhetorical decision making involved in the creation of these pieces of spreadable media and a plan for employing this content campaign to address the issue of cyberbullying.

We hope that you enjoy this issue as much as we do. We are ecstatic to see a wide range of courses reflected in this issue, and we would love for this trend to continue. Please submit to an upcoming issue, as we are currently accepting submissions for the next issue until January 17, 2023.