Following an expressed goal of the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site is dedicated to presenting some of the research and work of communication scholarship with goal of encouraging public scholarship to a wider audience. The challenge is to make sense of an important topic in ways that are meaningful to general readers.
What counts as eloquence in the the digital age? What kinds of communication forms enhance exchanges with others? How can we negotiate a world where there is a tsunami of connectivity options? What matters most in the difficult task of influencing others?
Physicists describe superconductivity as the point at which metals let electric current pass through unimpeded. At very cold temperatures electrons move with ease through even the densest material. The transfer of energy without resistance is nearly total. The challenge for us is likewise to find ways around the reticence of others that keeps us from being fully engaged. We live in a challenging time when our words must be heard over a nearly constant din. What counts as eloquence in the the digital age? And are there communication forms or dispositions well suited to our times? This site and several recent books are dedicated to these questions.