Enculturation

A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

Recording the Signs: Epistemological Echoes

Pearce Durst, University of Montevallo

(Published: February 5, 2015)

Recorded history is said to begin with a click. Without records, there is no history and there is no rhetorical movement. Just play back what you thought you knew. Recorded history is said to end with a click. With records, events in time realize the laws of repetition, recurrence, and synchronicity. Lightning always strikes twice in the same place. Rhetors record signs in the periphery. A personal microscope becomes a public telescope. If senses can ignite expectancy, then our surroundings will be unveiled. Recognize what you don’t know that you know. This might be all that we know.