My research explores how emerging genres and technologies of mobile writing—from mobile augmented reality applications to podcasts—can be employed rhetorically to effect social change and promote public discourse. As such, my research is grounded in digital production. Use the table below to explore my current and upcoming digital research projects, or visit the Trace Augmented Reality Criticisms website to learn more about my efforts to promote mobile writing as a form of scholarly praxis.
SeeWorld: Look Beyond the Glass
Co-created by Sidney I. Dobrin, Melissa Bianchi, and Jacob Greene, Trace's "SeeWorld" ARC augments the physical space of SeaWorld-Orlando with a digtial counter-tour of the park's informational texts. With the mobile application, visitors to the park will be able to point their device's camera at physical objects and spaces throughout the park and access digital overlays that detail SeaWorld's efforts to disguise the hazards of marine captivity behind a rhetoric of entertainment and conservation.
Co-created by Jacob Greene and Madison Jones, "Death Drive(r)s: Ghost Bike (Monu)mentality" is a location-based augmented reality project that (re)places digital ghost bikes at intersections in Jacksonville, FL where a cyclist has been killed by a vehicle. To read more about this project, see our webtext "Augmented Velorutionaries: Digital Rhetoric, Memorials, and Public Discourse."
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Augmented Reality Lesson Series
I am currently working on an augmented reality development series for the Programming Historian. My introductory lesson guides users through the process of augmenting a book cover using the Unity game engine and Vuforia SDK. By providing clear, step-by-step instructions for how to use image-based augmented reality technology, I hope to encourage humanists from a variety of disciplines to engage with AR in their research and teaching practices.
Audio Rhetorics Podcast
audio rhetorics is a short-form podcast that I started as a companion to my spring 2017 Advanced Exposition course on "aural writing." The episodes are designed to provide novice podcasters with a set of best-practices and rhetorical techinques for using sound to tell stories. You can listen and subscribe to audio rhetorics on Soundcloud.
"Articulating Detroit: Visualizing Environments" is a mobile augmented reality tour funded through a subvention grant from the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). Slated for release at the 2017 ASLE conference in Detroit, MI, the application will allow users to participate in a location-based public writing project along a 2.5 mile stretch from Wayne State University to the Detroit River. During the tour, participants will be able to access multimedia overlays explaining the rich cultural history of Woodward Avenue within the context of Jeff Rice's spatial-writing methodology, which he outlines in Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and Space in the Age of the Network.