The first thing that comes to mind when I think about digital rhetoric is both broad and boring: the internet. Obviously the internet is a form of digital rhetoric; it can only be accessed through a screen (thus, digital) and contains infinite written words, pictures, and other forms of communication (rhetoric). So I decided to pick another form of digital rhetoric, a website that causes me to waste too many hours of my day on the computer: StumbleUpon. StumbleUpon is a website that helps people navigate through all the rhetoric that is the internet.
You must make an account (for free) and then the site asks its users to “favorite” different types of websites. Once you’ve told Stumbleupon about all of your favorites things, the stumbling begins. The website takes you to every kind of site you could possible imagine–from fashion to cooking to serial killers (my favorite, obviously). It makes the overwhelming internet a little more manageable by sorting through things you don’t like, and handing you the ones you do with the click of a “stumble” button.
When I’m really bored, I’ll stumble through every single one of my 53 interests at random. If I’m in the mood for one particular topic, say fashion, I’ll just stumble through fashion websites. StumbleUpon is a double edged sword: I learn so much from browsing through its database but at the same time, every time I use it I feel myself becoming progressively lazier. It has everything right there! No search bars are necessary when all I have to do is click “stumble” and I can look at any website I want. Use stumbleUpon when you’re bored or when you want to learn something new. But trust me from personal experience, it is addicting.