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John Logie

John Logie

Department of Writing Studies Room 206 NCCE 315 Pillsbury Dr SE

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John Logie has recently pubished "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 and intellectual property laws and the conflicts that arise with changes in communicative  technologies. His next project will examine the rhetorical strategies at the heart of five recent amendments to U.S. copyright law. It is titled, "Copyright Control: A Tragedy in Five Acts."


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

Educational Background

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


  • Logie, John. Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-­to-­Peer Debates. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2006. Available at:
  • Logie, John. “The 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).
  • Logie, John. “Champing at the Bits: Computers, Copyright and the Composition Classroom,“ Computers and Composition 15 (1998): 201-­14. Rpt. in Computers in the Composition Classroom. Eds. Michelle Sidler, Richard Morris, and Elizabeth Overman Smith. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. 135-­50.
  • Logie, John. “Partying Like It’s 1999: On the Napsterization of Cultural Artifacts Via Peer-­to-­Peer Networks,“ in International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Jason Nolan, Peter Trifonas, and Joel Weiss, eds. Heidelberg: Springer, 2006. 1271-­88 (Invited chapter).
  • Logie, John. “Parsing Codes: Intellectual Property, Technical Communication, and the World Wide Web,“ in TechWeb: Technical Communication in the New Millennium, Michael Day and Carol Lipson, eds., Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 2005. 223-­41 (Invited chapter).
  • Logie, John. “Cut and Paste: Remixing Composition Pedagogy for Online Workspaces.“ in Internet Based Workplace Communication: Industry and Academic Perspectives. Kirk St.Amant and Pavel Zemliansky, eds. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc., 2005. 299-316(Invited chapter).
  • Logie, John. ““˜We Write for the Workers’: Authorship and Communism in Kenneth Burke and Richard Wright“ KB Journal 1 (2005). Available at:
  • Logie, John. “Lost in Translation: The Influence of 20th Century Literary Theory on Plato’s Texts“ Rhetoric Society Quarterly 34 (2004) 47-­72.

Courses Taught

  • WRIT 8550 Mashing Culture: Rhetoric, Arts, & the Internet
  • WRIT 8550 Rhetoric, Authorship, Copyright, and the Internet
  • WRIT 5776 Major Figures in Rhetorical Tradition: Modern Era
  • WRIT 5671 Visual Rhetoric
  • WRIT 5664 Science Writing for Popular Audiences
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