Mindmap Week 6: OR, On the virtue of deletion

Figure 1: Section of popplet with standard rhetorical elements grouped and connected according to scholar.  This arrangement reduces the complexity of edges between concepts.  Assume connection of all nodes in this subgroup.
Figure 1: Section of popplet with standard rhetorical elements grouped and connected according to scholar. This arrangement reduces the complexity of edges between concepts. Assume connection of all nodes in this subgroup.

This week I did something differently.  Instead of my traditional movement of adding three nodes and some connections from the readings, this week I began to curate my Popplet to a degree where the Popplet reflected my overall final view of what is useful to me in the field thus far.  This largely resulted in my deleting early works from weeks 1 and 2 which were cluttering the central field, and reducing rhetorical functions to a central focus from which expanding theories are based (see Figure 1).

In addition to the general deletion of most W1 sources (excluding Biesecker), this week I added new content in four primary sections: 1) I created a CHAT section from which I will be expanding notions of “challenge” and multimodality in technology, 2) I created a central Poststructuralism node to connect ideologies of contingency and theories of epistemology to a central belief structure to mirror current-traditionalism, pragmatism, etc., and 3) I added Pierre Bourdieu and his Social Theory of Practice (and its theory element of “habitus” as a connection point for ANT and CHAT.

Finally, 4) I connected “rhetoric” as a field concern to notions of “the real” and Baudrillard as a point of connection to pragmatism, reality, and the semiotic work of Charles Sanders Peirce as a jumping point for future critiques of remediation techniques in CHAT.

In terms of Mindmap formatting, I have worked to unify formatting and relocate nodes to minimize edge overlapping.  This was assisted somewhat by the deletion of excess nodes and connections.  The revised color key is as follows:

Orange: School of thought, theory, or ideology
Green: Elements of rhetorical argument/form
Black: Authors/Theorists/Texts
Red: Specific Theories and theoretical elements
Pink: Broad concepts and contexts of meaning.

The current mindmap can be seen in Figure 2 below.  A high-resolution form can be viewed by clicking on the attached image for Figure 2.

Figure 2: Current Mindmap configuration.
Figure 2: Current Mindmap configuration.
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