Kyle Jensen and Jack Selzer

How the Media Encourages – and Sustains – Political Warfare

We can easily point at Donald Trump for stoking the fires, but it is the media that is equally to blame for such obvious political division.   Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has been waging war against the American press by dismissing unfavorable reports as “fake news” and calling the media “the enemy of the American people.” As ... Read the full article
Kyle Jensen and Jack Selzer

Dr. Kyle Jensen is the author of Reimagining Process: Toward the Development of Online Writing Archives and co-editor of Abducting Writing Studies and Kenneth Burke's The War of Words. He has published essays in a number of scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, and JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics. He is currently completing a textbook on modern rhetorical education with Krista Ratcliffe, which is under contract with Bedford/St. Martin. And he is co-editing a collection if essays with Michael Bernard-Donals on rhetoric and the sacred, which is under contract with Penn State University Press. | Jack Selzer recently completed a term as President of the Rhetoric Society of America. Since joining the faculty at Penn State in 1978, he has taught many courses in composition, technical writing, and rhetoric; has served as Director of Composition, as Director of Graduate Studies, as president of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, and as associate dean for graduate and undergraduate studies; and with his colleagues has been involved in creating and sustaining Penn State's respected graduate emphasis in rhetoric and composition. An expert on the work of writer, critic, and theorist Kenneth Burke and recognized for excellence in scholarship by ATTW and RSA, he is also the author or coauthor or editor or coeditor of many books, including "Understanding Scientific Prose" (1994), "Kenneth Burke in Greenwich Village" (1997), "Rhetorical Bodies" (1999), "Kenneth Burke in the 1930s" (2007), and "1977: The Cultural Year in Composition" (2008). His coedited edition of Burke's "The War of Words" will be published by Cal in 2018.

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