Hi! I’m Matthew. I write about digital media, emotions, and activism.
I’m working on a dissertation entitled “Living a Participatory Life: Rhetoric in Demanding, Digital Times” that addresses creating rhetoric—and committing to its practice—under the participatory conditions intensified by surveillance capitalism.
I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric and Political Culture in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, where I also received my M.A. and a graduate certificate in Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degrees in communication studies and women’s and gender studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
At Maryland, I teach courses about public speaking, public deliberation, digital media, and rhetorical criticism. Right now, I am teaching “Digital Culture and Civic Life,” an upper-level communication course that explores the relationship of media-making, emotions, and ethics.
My scholarship has appeared in Women’s Studies in Communication, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, AoIR Selected Papers in Internet Research, and Communication Teacher. I have also worked as a Twitter bot-creator, video producer, and journalist.
You can reach me on Twitter @matthew_paul or via email at mattsalzano (AT) gmail (DOT) com.