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John Logie

John Logie

Department of Writing Studies Room 206 NCCE 315 Pillsbury Dr SE

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University Affiliations

  • Liberal Arts


John Logie is best known for "Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion," a book on the role of rhetoric in the debates over peer-to-peer technologies (e.g. Napster, Grokster). He writes on the Internet, visual rhetoric, remix cultures, copyright, and the conflicts that arise with changes in communicative  technologies. His next project is titled "Writing in the Cloud" and examines the material and conceptual shifts we are experiencing as writing moves farther and farther away from the composer.


  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Internet Studies
  • Copyright
  • Authorship
  • Rhetorical Invention
  • peer-to-peer technologies
  • visual rhetoric

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English, Penn State, University Park, PA, 1999.
  • M.A.: English Language and Literature, University of Illinois - Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1993.


  • “Peeling the Layers of the Onion: Authorship in Mashup and Remix Cultures.” In The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies. Eds. Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough. New York: Routledge, 2015. 296-309.
  • “Dark Days: Understanding the Historical Context and the Visual Rhetorics of the SOPA/PIPA Blackout.” in Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web (Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture, Ed. Martha McCaughey. New York: Routledge, 2014. 20-40.
  • “1967: The Birth of ‘The Death of the Author’” College English 75.4 (May, 2013) pp. 493-513.
  • “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning” vs. Copyright 2.0 Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom, Eds. Martine Courant Rife, Sean Slattery, Danielle Nicole DeVoss, Fort Collins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse, 2011. 149-56.
  • “Asked and Answered: On Qualities and Quantities of Answers in Online Q&A Sites” (co-authored with Joseph Weinberg, F. Maxwell Harper, Joseph A. Konstan) Proceedings of the Fifth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (2011). Available at:
  • “Question types in social Q&A sites” (co authored with F. Maxwell Harper, Joseph Weinberg, and Joseph A. Konstan) First Monday, 15 (2010). Available at
  • “The (Re)Birth of the Composer.” Composition and Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-Making, and the Law. Ed. Steve Westbrook. Albany: SUNY Press, 2009. 175-89 (Invited chapter)
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