I am Assistant Director of the Critical Writing Program at University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design. My research explores rhetorical dynamics among criticism, information, and art associated with aesthetic, technological, and theoretical innovations. In addition to writing, my teaching experience includes technical communication, science writing, history of infotech, new media theory, document design, and video production. Recent activity below. Drop me a line: matthewjosborn[at]gmail[dot]com.

Conference of The Kenneth Burke Society: St. Louis


Presentation: “Diversification of Apparatus as Reorientation: A Burkean Comment on ‘Electracy.'”

My attempt was to casuistically stretch Burke himself into endorsing “electracy,” something Gregory Ulmer theorizes as that which “is to digital media what literacy is to print.” My conclusions were that an overreliance on the critical manuscript fit the description of what Burke called a “trained incapacity,” and that the transdisciplinary character of Burke’s writing is an inherent feature of electracy. This project is currently under revision for submission to a multimodal, peer-reviewed journal. View the draft below: