Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Finishing up on Sappho, with Homeric echoes still reverberating. The indicatively masculine, assertive and insertive, agency of "words and deeds/words as deeds" that suffuses the contestatory civic imaginary that shapes the rhetorical perspective of the Athenians and, eventually, after a few twists and turns, the Romans. Turning today to Gorgias' "Encomium of Helen," an exoneration of Helen that actually re-enacts her abduction, and a celebration of rhetoric as productive and subversive force that may amount to a bit of titillation culminating in patriarchal-incumbent reassurance...