Teaching the Election, Part One

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With a presidential election looming on the horizon, now is the perfect time to incorporate essays that help students think about the cluster of issues surrounding any election: politics, social values, media, power, and more. One excellent essay to use when teaching the 2012 election is Steven Johnson’s “Listening to Feedback.” Johnson focuses on how feedback loops operate in the news media. His concepts can help students analyze the array of coverage around the election, while also helping them to think about how media functions in an interconnected digital world.
About the Author
Barclay Barrios is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches freshman composition and graduate courses in composition methodology and theory, rhetorics of the world wide web, and composing digital identities. He was Director of Instructional Technology at Rutgers University and currently serves on the board of Pedagogy. Barrios is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and the author of Emerging.