This blog and its “offspring” (lacblue, lacgreen, lacorange, lacpurple, lacred) are pedagogical experiments and journeys as approximately 45 students and I experience Introduction to Communication and Culture together. The blog will include reflections on course development, course content and concepts, and other related thoughts on the concepts we will call a “rhetorical ideal of communication.”

I believe strongly that collaborative, problem-posing, critical education is the best approach to learning and these blogs are an attempt at sparking critical thought and constructing knowledge of communication together.

I encourage all students in the course to comment directly to posts on this main course blog (and to posts from other teams). I also welcome the opportunity to meet with students in person regarding course concepts, questions, concerns, and non-course related issues or questions as well.

To others who stumble upon this site: “Welcome!” … I value your reactions and comments as well, if you are so inclined.

About the instructor

Jonathan P. Rossing is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric and Public Culture in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. He has been in the department since 2004 after completing his Master’s in Education at Indiana University in 2004. Jonathan’s current research focuses on racial comedy as a form of civic, rhetorical education that could guide audiences to critical consciousness and prudent judgment on issues of race, racism, and privilege in U.S. culture. (i.e. Paul Mooney, Russell Peters, Dave Chappelle, Richard Pryor, Dick Gregory)

Jonathan is a native Texan and attended The University of Texas at Austin for his bachelors degrees in Zoology and French. He trains for marathons and triathlons and leads group exercise sessions at Indiana University’s Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC).


NOTE: The views expressed in the blog and its related student/group blogs are solely those of the instructor and the students in the course during the fall 2008 and spring 2009 semesters.

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