November 10, 2011
Communication Professors Christopher Paul and Jeffrey Philpott (right) published “The The Rise and Fall of 'Cardboard Tube Samurai': Kenneth Burke Identifying with the 'World of Warcraft' in Online Gaming in Context (Routledge 2011). The book, edited by Garry Crawford, Victoria K Gosling, and Ben Light, examines the social and cultural significance of online games. In their chapter, Paul and Philpott argue that rhetorical theory can offer substantive insights into the events of online games, focusing on the roles of identification, division, and consubstantiality.The gaming industry generates more than $50 billion a year in revenue, employs more than 50,000 people, and is a growing force in the entertainment sector.Paul received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2008. His research focuses on applying tools rooted in rhetorical analysis to elements of new media, especially video games.Philpott, who joined the faculty in 1992, received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He conducts research on the epistemic and sociological functions of rhetoric, particularly on the how public communication shapes our understanding of the world and ourselves. The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 7 advanced and 33 undergraduate degrees including majors in Communications Studies, Journalism, and Strategic Communications in the Communication Department.
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