Digital Projects

On Media Representations Of Ferguson

For Episode 24 of This Rhetorical Life, I interviewed Nikeeta Slade, a worker justice and BLM organizer, on media representations of Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of Mike Brown. Click on image to listen to episode.

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“Soy Mono”

As a freelance copywriter for Hiccup Media I wrote the treatment and edited a pilot script for the “Soy Mono” Animation campaign. This campaign aired on MTV’s bilingual channel, MTV TR3S, during Hispanic Heritage Month and won gold from Advertising Age’s Hispanic Creative Advertising Awards. Created by Ramón and Celines Veras, this witty campaign reappropriates language stereotypes as a challenge to market conceptions of what it means to be Latinx in the United States.

On (Social) Media Representations Of Venezuela

In a conversation with Ben Kuebrich on This Rhetorical Life about the representations of  Venezuelan protests in 2014, we raise questions about international news coverage, the representation and circulation of news on social media, and how we can read news articles more critically.

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Soundwriting and Resistance: Toward a Pedagogy for Liberation by Michael Burns, Timothy R. Dougherty, Ben Kuebrich, & Yanira Rodríguez

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In this multimodal sound piece on teaching with hip-hop, my co-authors and I argue that white supremacy and racism register as sound, as white noise dampening sounds of resistance. Via the work of Gwendolyn Pough, Aisha Durham, Brittney Cooper, and Susana M. Morris we situate soundwriting pedagogy as disruption to these dampening sounds, and we challenge the use of soundwriting as what Adam Banks refers to as “the next technological hotness.” This piece contains five tracks of conversation between the authors, sample syllabi, and assignments and music from various hip-hop artists.

From where we teach in two different Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs), we take it as our responsibility to work with our students to build rhetorical educational spaces where Black lives matter, and Black thought matters, and Black freedom becomes the responsibility of everyone—especially anyone who’s had access to rhetorical education in institutions.