Articles by Adam Ellwanger

Adam Ellwanger is professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. His research interests include rhetorical theory, politics, culture, and media. Email him at adamellwanger@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @DoctorEllwanger.

Article Preview:  Parables of the Virtual: 'Falling Forward into an Unknown Future' with Google’s Paranoid Android

Parables of the Virtual: 'Falling Forward into an Unknown Future' with Google’s Paranoid Android

Google-employed AI ethicist Blake Lemoine made news this month when he leaked a profoundly disturbing...

Adam Ellwanger June 17, 2022
Article Preview:  Debasing Amy: The Acceleration of the Sexual Revolution

Debasing Amy: The Acceleration of the Sexual Revolution

This month marks twenty-five years since the theatrical release of Chasing Amy, a romantic tragicomedy that...

Adam Ellwanger April 13, 2022
Article Preview:  The Scandal of Lent in an Era of Self-Justification

The Scandal of Lent in an Era of Self-Justification

Lent is an annual period of a little more than a month that precedes Easter on the Christian calendar....

Adam Ellwanger March 21, 2022
Article Preview:  The Whims of Affirmative Action: The NFL, the Supreme Court, and Folly of Identity Politics.

The Whims of Affirmative Action: The NFL, the Supreme Court, and Folly of Identity Politics.

In the decision of the 2003 affirmative action case Grutter v. Bollinger, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote...

Adam Ellwanger February 4, 2022
Article Preview:  America is Not a Democracy

America is Not a Democracy

This semester, one of my college students proposed an interesting topic for his paper. As a recent immigrant...

Adam Ellwanger January 5, 2022
Article Preview:  Linguistic Weaponry and the Rhetorical Mechanics of “Let’s Go Brandon!”

Linguistic Weaponry and the Rhetorical Mechanics of “Let’s Go Brandon!”

By now, many readers are aware of the gutsy prank that an Oregonian named Jared Schmeck played on Joe Biden...

Adam Ellwanger December 31, 2021
Article Preview:  NatCon 2 and the Plan To Save America.

NatCon 2 and the Plan To Save America.

It was the last day of the second National Conservatism conference (informally called NatCon2) at the Hilton...

Adam Ellwanger December 10, 2021
Article Preview:  The Burning Tower(s).

The Burning Tower(s).

Reflections on 20 years since 9/11.

Adam Ellwanger September 12, 2021
Article Preview:  The Occupation: Public Protest and the Use of Space.

The Occupation: Public Protest and the Use of Space.

How American elites co-opt popular demonstrations of discontent.

Adam Ellwanger August 3, 2021
Article Preview:  Space Exploration: Frontier Politics and the Future of Man.

Space Exploration: Frontier Politics and the Future of Man.

Ownership and territory in the next century.

Adam Ellwanger July 25, 2021
Article Preview:  Fear and Loathing at CPAC.

Fear and Loathing at CPAC.

Doom and debauchery in Dallas.

Adam Ellwanger July 13, 2021
Article Preview:  A Letter to Team USA.

A Letter to Team USA.

Olympic excellence, American pride, and the performance of virtue.

Adam Ellwanger June 30, 2021
Article Preview:  The Centrist Type: A Study in Character (or Lack Thereof).

The Centrist Type: A Study in Character (or Lack Thereof).

Moderation as ideology and “the middle” as fiction.

Adam Ellwanger June 28, 2021
Article Preview:  PRIDE Month as Reactionary Moralism.

PRIDE Month as Reactionary Moralism.

Secular progressivism and the future of transgression.

Adam Ellwanger June 21, 2021