Jon Alexander VS Steph CESARO


Jonathon Alexanders main argument is to find a connection between literature, sexuality and technology. His main argument is how to educate the youth and how to ‘educate them and provide them with the academic and professional literacies that will simultaneously enable them to enter into productive careers but also provide them critical epistemologies for thinking about discourse and literate participation in the public sphere?’. This I believe is super cool, as he used the youth to inspire him and to contextualize sexuality with literature and technology which is a very liberal idea. What Steph Ceraso did was also quite similar but he involved learning disabilities, sensory rhetorics, gender and woman studies, music and pop culture. Steph Ceraso focuses significantly more on sound rhetorics and is focusing more on how to learn with sound.

The main differences I feel between the arguments of Cesaro and Alexander is that alexander focuses significantly more on issues in todays world and contextualizing certain issues of sexuality and literature, for young adults whilst Cesaro focuses on learning disabilities and sound. This is rather different as one prepares the youth for the real world and how to focus and think in a broader persepective whilst the other focuses on different sounds and learning disabilities to make the youth focus. However, I feel that both focus on learning as in Steph Cesario’s ‘)Educating the Senses: Multimodal Listening, Bodily Learning, and the Composition of Sonic Experiences’ he states that ‘when listening is taught, it is usually treated as the practice of attending to audible words or sounds in order to make meaning of them’. Jonathon alexander focuses on learning but in a sense of learning being contextualized in Sexuality. For example, in ‘Literature, Sexuality and Pedagogy’ and how he came about his argument was much more through discovery in like he came about writing sex, from getting it through writing sucks.

I think understanding differences in people, whether it is sexuality, or learning disabilities, it is so so important for the youth to understand what goes on. This is where I think Alexander and Cesaro find common ground as they both talk about differences in societies, Alexander through writing about sexualities whther it is LGBT, Queers and straight sexuality, whereas Cesaro talks about learning disabilities and how one can learn better through music. For example, Cesaro talks about how to ‘visualize sound’ through different foods as he talks about food engineers and markets ‘taking advantage’ of the pleasures of sounds. ‘Snap Crackle and Pop’. Steph Cesaro’s main argument is to develops a multimodal listening pedagogy because “it is necessary to address the affective, embodied, lived experience of multimodality in more explicit ways” which is an excellent platform to learn.


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