We live almost in two worlds now: the real one that we move around
in physically, and the one online. The internet can be an amazing
and helpful thing, but it can also be incredibly problematic. How
do we navigate that balance and make sure that how we show up in
the real world is not overly influenced by the engineered spaces we
encounter online? It’s a meaty topic, and we have an extra-long
episode to talk about it!
My name is Chris Burgess.
I am a writer, editor, musician, teacher, songwriter, audio
producer and a storyteller. I am also a former Navy Radioman
holding a BA in Political Science, an MA in Medieval Studies, and
an MA and PhD in English Literature with a focus on narrative
emotion and rhetoric. I developed a deep appreciation for the
relationship between leadership, storytelling, emotion and the art
of persuasion through my academic studies. My tenure as the Campus
Chief Steward for the graduate student union COGS/UE Local 896 at
the University of Iowa provided real-world experience for these
leadership skills. Upon completing my PhD in 2015, I explored the
art of persuasion in the digital age, serving as an adjunct
professor of English for six years. As a professor, I developed and
taught a curriculum emphasizing persuasion, storytelling, critical
thinking and digital and information literacy.
In this episode, we cover:
The sense of groundedness that exists in the Midwest and how we
could replicate that elsewhere
Why authenticity is the most important part of
What digital literacy looks like in an age where the algorithm is
designed to divide us
The antidote to division and bridge language vs. chasm
What a Doom Loop is and how to react to people who are stuck in
The future of small towns doesn’t depend on us finding more people; we need to better engage the ones who are already there.
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If you live in a small town, care deeply about your community, and share the belief that “if you’re not growing, you’re dying”, this is the podcast for you.