Ridolfo and DeVoss on Rhetorical Velocity and Delivery

The authors of this article seek to explain how composing for recomposition works. They begin by explaining that remix has been a part of society, how everyone within society takes part in remixing, and how, with the help of technological advancements, there are now new tools to aid in the remixing process. Ridolfo and DeVoss continue on to say we need to focus on an aspect of remix that is less visible and less discussed. They express that, as technology advances, we need to be mindful of composing to have our works recomposed by others.

The primary focus of Ridolfo and DeVoss’ article is rhetorical velocity. They define rhetorical velocity as the process of thinking about how and why our works may be recomposed by third parties. The authors state that rhetorical velocity is a term that describes our understanding of how quickly information can travel. They emphasize that we must always be mindful of how our work will be recomposed later on. This may include the format of documents, the resolution of images, the quality and format of videos, and the subjects of text. We must be mindful of when, where, and how our works may be recomposed. This could include the publication cycle of a newspaper and how long television stations keep videos in their archives. The authors end by noting that students write (a lot) outside of school whether in YouTube comments, fanfiction sites, of on personal blogs. These writings can be considered part of the composition for recomposition that Ridolfo and DeVoss have been talking about.

Tumblr is a personal blogging website where users are constantly publishing their own works and republishing the works of other people with and without changes. The users of this website are perfect examples of Ridolfo and DeVoss’ ideas of composition for recomposition. The writers of these blogs must be mindful of what they are sharing (to protect their own reputations), what they create (and how others may use those creations), and whom they are sharing information with. The users are taking text, images, and videos from many different sites and combining them into an expression of who they are and what their beliefs are.

Question: Assuming humans reach the point where all knowledge has been discovered, would this concept of composition for recomposition still be important?



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