Megan M. McIntyre is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of First-Year Composition at Sonoma State University. She previously worked as the Assistant Director for Program Development and a Lecturer in Dartmouth College’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric and as director of the Writing Studio at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on how technologies alter conceptions of rhetoric, pedagogy, and writing program administration. She has published work in Textshop Experiments, Composition Forum, Peitho, and Kairos and in a number of edited collections.
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Flash reason looks like a Twitter thread. But not just any thread: it’s a storytelling thread. A truth-sharing thread. A thread of experience meant to claim space within a larger movement or conversation. It's a #MeToo thread that says, "I am here. I am alive. I know this thing because I have experienced it. My body has felt the terror. Here is the terror as I felt it." It's a thread that acknowledges the first rhetor's experience and validates with my own experience. It says my body, my scared, scarred, generous body, has felt the terror. Here is the terror as I felt it. The thread demands response, but though there is room for invective, hate, dismissal there, the thread also makes room for responsivity, for commiseration, for care, for body-felt experience, for sense-ability. The thread creates a space of reflection: as we reflect on our experiences, we create a mirror for one another. It makes room for nomos, for the collective thing that is felt, the collective judgment of a newly decorous truth-telling. The feeling, once ephemeral is remembered but still remains mostly ephemeral. This thread, too, will remove itself from the direct gaze. But it will persist. And will allow return. It will continue to be felt. It is momentary. It is time bound. But it remains, allows itself to be re-threaded when it once again becomes prudent, wise, worthy, sense-able to return again.