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Thursday, 16 April 1998, 12:00AM

Electronic Etiquette in the Global Community

Professor Lynette Hunter

The book is a fixed object, sold by a publisher to the reader by way of the bookseller. The entrenchment of this position makes possible copyright, contracts and censorship; it also makes possible the profession of authorship and defines the kind of person likely to produce work of literary value. Electronic media challenges this model in many ways.

(E-mail examples, Swift Current, Database structures, the Internet).

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Lynette Hunter was the Gresham Professor of Rhetoric between 1997 and 2000.

She is currently Professor of the History and Rhetoric of Performance at the University of California, Davis. She was previously Senior Lecturer and then Reader in Rhetoric at the University of Leeds.

She has written and edited over twenty books and many essays in a range of disciplines from the history of rhetoric and literature, to philosophy and feminist theory, to post/neo-colonial studies (especially in Canada), to the history of science and computing, to women’s history and gender studies (from the early modern period), to performance studies. She has scripted, devised, produced and toured, several theory performance installations in Europe and North America and explores alternative ways of disseminating modes of knowing within aesthetics and scholarship.

When she was appointed to the Rhetoric Professorship at Gresham College in 1997, Professor Hunter wrote the following:

When Thomas Gresham included Rhetoric among the areas of study in his plan for a College, he was keeping a vital part of the Old Learning to contribute to all the New Knowlegde which he wanted to disseminate.

At its centre, rhetoric is concerned with value. We tend to use the word only in the negative sense in popular language, but all choice, good or bad, involves persuasion and therefore rhetoric. I intend to explore issues of literary value and work with words in a larger sense, in terms of the kinds of community that we are shaping for ourselves. We need to talk about these issues to understand our own New Knowledges.

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