About Kairosnews

Kairosnews is a discussion community for educators interested in the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. Members contribute blog posts and comments which appear on the main page for the community to read and discuss. All participants are welcome.

In the spring of 2002, Kairos News Section Editors Charlie Lowe and Clancy Ratliff began Kairosnews in order to provide a dynamic online forum for ongoing discussions about rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy (see Kairosnews: A News Site and Online Community for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy). Kairosnews went live on March 6, 2002. It is the first community weblog in the field of rhetoric and composition, and members of the Kairosnews community produce some of the most innovative work in the fields of computers and composition and technical communication.

Here you can see some of the first public discussions among rhetoricians about the scholarly value of academic blogging and other work with technology, as well as issues of intellectual property, copyright, and open source software as they relate to composition studies. Kairosnews is an archive that provides a useful chronology of the issues facing scholars in computers and composition and technical communication for the past four years.

You can learn more about Kairosnews using the links on the right to other pages in this guide. See also Clancy Ratliff's reflections on the formation of Kairosnews in the context of her own academic blogging.

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