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Authors | Nathaniel A. Rivers

Nathaniel A. Rivers (@sophist_monster) is associate professor of English at Saint Louis University. His current research addresses topics such as environmentalism, locative media, and accessibility. He co-edited Kenneth Burke + The Posthuman and Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition. His recent work has appeared in journals such as Rhetoric Society Quarterly, enculturation, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Articles on Amodern by Nathaniel A. Rivers


This essay responds to an ongoing call to expand accessibility by proposing that captioning should not only be the labor of the one who makes an address but also those who can be addressed as a way to help provide accessible entries for those who might not. In short, to make captioning leverage the wide distribution of attention to what might be considered ambient, we propose to make captioning an ambient practice. A primary aim for ambient captioning is to cultivate a shared capacity for captioning as an ethic of accessibility.