CCHS Presents: Stephen Schneider, English

War Media: Drone Strikes and Killing in the Age of the Technical Image
When Nov 10, 2016
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Bingham Humanities Bldg. Room 300
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This talk asks the question: what does it mean to conduct war on screens?  By looking at the rise of drone strikes and the way that the drone apparatus is transforming how we understand war.  While drones are often seen as a means of killing at a distance, they might also be read as a media technology that looks to collapse distance and radically localize warfare.  To this end, drones weaponize our concept of vision and thereby threaten to change the ways that we have historically defined war.

Stephen Schneider is the author of You Can’t Padlock an Idea: Rhetorical Education at the Highlander Folk School, 1932-1961, and has published essays in College English, College Composition and Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Advanced Composition. His research focuses on the relationship between education and social movement rhetoric, and particularly on the question of how social movement participants develop and deploy collective rhetorical actions. His other research centers on the role of the public and the public sphere in rhetorical theory, and the ways in which our notions of the public intersect with both deliberative democracy and welfare state economics.