Building Rhetoric One Bit at a Time: A Case of Maker Rhetoric with littleBits
Faris, Michael J.
Blick, Andrew M.
Labriola, Jack T.
Mangum, Richard T.
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In this webtext, we share our experiences in a new media graduate course in which students played and experimented with littleBits (modular circuitry designed for easy invention). Students created three-dimensional objects and new media documentation about using littleBits. Modular three-dimensional objects, we argue, provide opportunities to introduce new media to students in ways that disrupt their conventional practices of invention; provide opportunities to explore rhetorical practice as play, failure, and risk-taking; refigure creation as remix and craft; and meet the goals of rhetoric, composition, and technical communication classes in creating rhetorical products that do things in the world.