Tag Archives: Michael Warner

Teaching Assistant Union Strike: A Public Affair

There has been some talk amongst the graduate students this past week about a possible teaching assistant strike in the near future. On January 29th, there will be a vote amongst the members of CUPE 3908 Unit 2 to decide whether or not the union will move forward to bargain with the university in order […]

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What’s in a Blog?

A journal by any other name would be as sweet! Greetings, readers! It has been an intense, thought-provoking week for the first week back for Public Texts students. After a very technical semester of learning the history of physical book culture, we have moved into the realm of difficult theories, particularly those of Michael Warner […]

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Write-in Reader Requests (Voting Starts Now).

Grad students, get out your shovels; it’s that time of year again – essay writing season! And no, by shoveling, I don’t mean carefully crafting the BS needed to meet word count and content quotas; I’m referring more to the feeling of being snowed in by the demands of academia. Just when you clear your […]

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How to spend Reading Week (Public Texts Style!)

If you’re reading this, congratulations; you’ve made it to reading week! Act fast and you can YOLO the heck out of this 5 day prison break. Move slow and you run the risk of actually reading. We’re hoping you’re on a beach, slope or cruise-deck somewhere, but if you couldn’t get out, have no fear; […]

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So, You Want To Be A Public, Eh?

In the titular essay of Publics and Counterpublics, Michael Warner identifies the seven key components to his notion of what constitutes a public. While Warner wrote and published his work at a time when one could “merely offer [the] topic [of the Internet] for speculation” (Warner 97), and thus devoted little attention to examining the […]

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That Question.

Inquisitive person: What exactly is ‘Public Texts’? Me: ….(!) At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t exactly sure how to answer that question.  So, like anyone faced by a question they can’t really answer, I improvised by basically defining each word to the inquirer.  Just recently, I was asked this question again; however, this […]

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