Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Ethics Test

In the Virtualpolitik book I write quite a bit about the genre of online tutorials and the not-so-subtle messages that they send to their workers about labor, time clocks, and the meaning of compliance. As an example of digital rhetoric, in the past I have argued that they could foster counterproductive behaviors like cheating and provide a poor delivery method for important information about subjects like sexual harassment and office ethics. This year I was pleasantly surprised when I went to the UC Learning Center and saw that they had given up on goofy cartoons or stock photos and distracting clock dials and instead focused on a more productive (although not terribly sophisticated form) of what Ian Bogost has called "procedural rhetoric."

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