While the bulk of my current work focuses on gaming, a significant part of my intellectual work involves drawing the connections between digital rhetorics and technologies and the school of thought referred to most generally as “cultural rhetorics.”

To boil it down to its essence, cultural rhetorics are a set of lenses that can be used to understand how people from varied cultures interact with the world and with discourse communities. A sad fact: the study of rhetoric– and the very artifice of the academy– is an enterprise dominated by heteronormative masculinity, whiteness and economic classism. It’s a system that is resistant to change even as it claims to be one of the most liberal institutions in this world. It’s oppressive without realizing, and it can be incredibly daunting for people who are not white, are not straight, or are first generation. It just is; there’s really no argument to the contrary. Cultural rhetorics are the attempt to allow someone who isn’t part of the dominant discourse to have a methodology, a tradition, a worldview– however you want to think of it.

This portion of my website is meant to be my storehouse for the work I create looking at cultural rhetoric. My efforts point primarily at issues of racial and economic inequality, so expect the material here to bear that bias.

I also urge you, as you read this introductory page, to realize that discussions of cultural rhetoric are often fraught with peril and can become incredibly uncomfortable. More that once in my career I’ve been urged to keep quiet about some of the issues you’ll see discussed here.

I do not mean to be combative. But sometimes the price of silence is too high, and sometimes the cost of speaking is worth the consequence. I am writing this at what I consider to be a particularly dark time for culture in the United States, at the beginning of a year that follows the most acrimonious and divisive political season I’ve experienced. We need to do better. All of us. This is my attempt at just that.