Skip to content


Clemson University’s Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design Doctoral Program (RCID) will host the first semi-annual Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Graduate Student Webinar.

The Webinar presents an opportunity for interested RSA student members and scholars across the country to participate in a collaborative web seminar. RCID’s Webinar will coincide with the delivery of the Keynote Address at the 5th Annual 2012 Carolina Rhetoric Conference at Clemson University. Dr. Cynthia Haynes (Clemson English) will deliver the Keynote Address on February 17, 2012, at 3:30 pm EST.

The text and visuals of the Keynote Address will be presented in real-time in the Literary Worlds MOO platform as well as on Twitter by tweeting the hashtag #crc12. Participants will be afforded not just a multimedia viewing experience with live-streaming video, but the chance to interact with other viewers and session monitors as well as to ask direct questions of Dr. Haynes after the talk has finished in the MOO and on Twitter. A video recording of the presentation will also be immediately available on the RSA Blogora in order to continue the conversation. A transcript of the Twitter conversation will also be available be posted, and can be followed real-time in our #Trending pane to the right.

The Literary Worlds MOO is very user friendly. To access Cynthia Haynes’ talk and interact during the question/answer session, follow these instructions:

1. Go to MOO Address:
Login: Guest (leave the guest default in this box)
Password: No password necessary (leave this blank)

2. Click LOG IN button

3. A new window will open with the real-time MOO session. In the lower left window, the chat input pane, type: @join Cynthia

4. Once you see the Elekcriture room image, you’re in the right room.

5. The talk will appear in text in the chat output side on the upper left. And webslides and video clips will appear in the right side.

6. After the talk is finished, we welcome your questions. To say something, click the SAY radio button on the lower left chat pane.

7. Then type what you want to say and hit enter/return, which displays your text in the chat output window for Cynthia and all to see.

8. To restore the room description, click the LOOK button along the upper MOO toolbar.

9. To quit the MOO, click on the QUIT button along the upper MOO toolbar.


In this keynote presentation, “Open Source Rhetorics,” Dr. Haynes will explore the potentialities and limitations of (inter)media as a means of transdisciplinary invention. Dr. Haynes grounds her talk in an examination of the Rhetoric Society of America’s efforts to create online communities through its Blog and Facebook (and now, Webinar) presences. In reflecting upon her experience as a blogger for the RSA Blogora, Dr. Haynes will consider how the next steps and new technologies that move us beyond the blog platform will impact online community building across disciplines, as well as how such steps represent and require a rethinking of rhetoric as “open source.”


We encourage any interested individuals to Join us on Facebook, and be sure to Follow us on Twitter and mention us anytime you tweet about the conference/webinar by adding “#crc12” to your tweet.

If you have any questions, please be sure to email us:


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: