Carlton Clark

Carlton Clark
National University (California) | NU

PhD in Rhetoric

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Introduction
I have published a little bit in rhetoric and literature, but my primary research interest these days is social systems theory, particularly as developed by Niklas Luhmann. I have a Luhmann-related blog at https://systemstheorysite.wordpress.com/

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Purpose This paper aims to elucidate the systemic processes underlying the enhanced information-control measures taken by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. The tightening of state information control has stimulated increasingly sophisticated methods of disseminating information on the part of profession...
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If the global brain is a suitable model of the future information society, then one future of research in this global brain will be in its past, which is its distributed memory. In this paper, we draw on Francis Heylighen, Marta Lenartowicz, and Niklas Luhmann to show that future research in this global brain will have to reclaim classical theories...
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Purpose This paper aims to contribute to the sociological literature on moral communication and disciplinary apparatuses in a functionally differentiated society. It combines Luhmannian and Foucauldian theories to further the understanding of social system complexity. Design/methodology/approach The paper draws on the work of Niklas Luhmann, Miche...
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This is the Introduction to our co-edited book.
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This article draws on Luhmannian and Foucauldian social theories to analyze the decline of the nobility/commoner distinction. Evidence from seventeenth-and eighteenth-century tracts, treatises, letters, novels, and other sources suggests that the distinction between the nobility and the commoner lost currency as functional differentiation overruled...
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What’s trending? Google Trends tracks search trends every day, through- out the day. Social media, smartphone notifications, and unwanted pop-ups keep us abreast of current trends even when we have no inter- est in what is trending on a particular day or in a particular hour. But we might not realize, or might forget, that those surface trends ofte...
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What’s trending? Google Trends tracks search trends every day, throughout the day. Social media, smartphone notifications, and unwanted pop-ups keep us abreast of current trends even when we have no interest in what’s trending on a particular day or in a particular hour. But we might not realize, or might forget, that those surface trends often hav...
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine how much value national governments worldwide place on political, economic, scientific, artistic, religious, legal, sportive, health-related, educational and mass media-related issues. This knowledge is critical as governments and policies are typically expected to be congruent with the importance th...
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Using the updated Google Book corpus dataset generated in July 2012, we analyze the largest available corpus of digitalized books to review social macro trends such as the secularization, politicization, economization, and mediatization of society. These familiar trend statements are tested through a comparative analysis of word frequency time-seri...
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This study demonstrates the convergence of three disciplinary fields: hypertext theory, feminist epistemology, and feminist rhetoric. My central thesis is that the conjunction o f hypertext theory and feminist epistemology allows for a rearticulation of feminist rhetoric. The core o f this study consists of an analysis of five female-authored hyper...
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My purpose with this paper is to place hypertext theory in a productive engagement with feminist epistemology and feminist pedagogy. The major hypertext theorists (e.g., George Landow, Jay David Bolter, Michael Joyce) have focused, for the most part, on the relationship between hypertext and print. I wish to depart from this practice by examining t...

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The Next Society Institute (NSI) is a university institute and research start-up devoted to theory development and transfer. Launched in 2020 by the Kazimieras Simonavičius University in Vilnius, Lithuania, the NSI advances social systems theory in the tradition of Niklas Luhmann and explores synergies with alternative schools of systems theories. URL: https://nextsocietyinstitute.com
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This old research from graduate school.
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I am the sole author of these articles. I don't know what the goal is other than to write stuff.