Digital Griots African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age

ISBN-10: 0809330202
ISBN-13: 9780809330201
Edition: 2010
Authors: Adam J. Banks
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 3/16/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Scholar Adam J. Banks offers a mixtape of African American digital rhetoric in his innovative study Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age. Presenting the DJ as a quintessential example of the digital griot-high-tech storyteller-this book shows how African American storytelling traditions and their digital manifestations can help scholars and teachers shape composition studies, thoroughly linking oral, print, and digital production in ways that centralize African American discursive practices as part of a multicultural set of ideas and pedagogical commitments. DJs are models of rhetorical excellence; canon makers; time binders who link past, present, and future in the groove and mix; and intellectuals continuously interpreting the history and current realities of their communities in real time. Banks uses the DJ's practices of the mix, remix, and mixtape as tropes for reimagining writing instruction and the study of rhetoric. He combines many of the debates and tensions that mark black rhetorical traditions and points to ways for scholars and students to embrace those tensions rather than minimize them. This commitment to both honoring traditions and embracing futuristic visions makes this text unique, as do the sites of study included in the examination: mixtape culture, black theology as an activist movement, everyday narratives, and discussions of community engagement. Banks makes explicit these connections, rarely found in African American rhetoric scholarship, to illustrate how competing ideologies, vernacular and academic writing, sacred and secular texts, and oral, print, and digital literacies all must be brought together in the study of African American rhetoric and in the teaching of culturally relevant writing. A remarkable addition to the study of African American rhetorical theory and composition studies, Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age will compel scholars and students alike to think about what they know of African American rhetoric in fresh and useful ways.

Acknowledgments
Scratch: Two Turntables and a Storytelling Tradition
Groove: Synchronizing African American Rhetoric and Multimedia Writing through the Digital Griot
Shoutout: digNubia
Mix: Roles, Relationships, and Rhetorical Strategies in Community Engagement
Shoutout: The Hip Hop Archive
Remix: Afrofuturistic Roadmaps-Rememory Remixed for a Digital Age
Shoutout: Cyber-Church
Mixtape: Black Theology's Mixtape Movement at Forty
SupaShouts: Diva Delight and Rootwork the Rootsblog
Fade: Notes toward an African American Rhetoric 2.0
Works Cited
Index

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