A Look Towards the Future: Fleming’s Commonplace

Rhetorical Analysis #5 By Kwesi Billups In Chapter 8 of his City of Rhetoric, David Fleming defines the terms by which he believes the reductive societal pictures of suburbia, home, and ghetto can be discarded and replaced by doctrines that seek to erase discrimination, violence, and isolation from the subtext of housing planning and, thus,  public […]

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Sociospatial Dialect: The Future of Discourse

Reading Analysis #4 By Kwesi Billups In Chapter 3 of his City of Rhetoric, David Fleming makes use of theories of proxemics, linguistics, and chronemics to present a framework by which a revitalization of public discourse can come forth. Fleming’s proposal of the urban sphere as the tool by which groups can better communicate and restructure the public […]

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Intersectionality

By Kwesi Billups In my Cross-Cultural Communications class we’ve been discussing the importance of identity in communication, as identity is the heart of every act of communication. One’s intention as the encoder of a message can only be fully grasped within the context of their values, traditions, preferences, avowed selfhoods and the characteristics that are […]

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New Urbanism

By Kwesi Billups In Chapter 6 of his City of Rhetoric, David Fleming makes use of theories of demographic distribution, class struggle, and participation in sociopolitical discourse to position the rhetoric of exclusion and separation within the context of clashing Chicagoan urban spheres. In Chapter 6, Fleming’s argument of the importance of diversity in developing equitable, comprehensive, […]

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April Showers Bring Mayflowers

By Kwesi Billups Founded in 1925, The Mayflower Hotel was created to serve as a hub for the ideal picture of high society and extravagance in the nation’s capital. From The Mayflower’s very inception, it operated as a venue for socialites to exercise their most public achievements, and their most private improprieties. Hotel owners often […]

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