Dianne L. Juby's essay serves as an example of Bitzer's contention that rhetoric should concern itself with invention. She examines the ways information retrieval specialists working with the World Wide Web are using Aristotelian concepts to organize databases, noting how helpful the topoi can be for facilitating online searches. For Juby, being able to study the disputes of other fields through the topoi could bring about the interdisciplinary potential of rhetoric. She writes, "The expansion of databases and documents from specialized disciplines available 'freely' on the World Wide Web . . . can force us out of [our] comfortable communities and into a cosmopolis of multidisciplinarity" (195).
We end this volume with the Kneupper Memorial Address, given this year by Winifred Homer. It is appropriate that Horner's address, an extended allegory of rhetoric's place in the academy, should have the final word, since its theme of disciplinary kinship patterns illustrates the complexity and irrationality of our field's history. It is followed by the lyrics of the Composition Blues Band ( Barry Briggs, guitar; Larry Burkett, guitar; Clyde Moneyhun, guitar; John Warnock, bass; and Marvin Diogenes, lyrics and vocals), who entertained RSA participants at the opening reception. Together, Horner and the Blues Band remind us not to take ourselves too seriously.
The 1996 RSA participants did not sit down together to draft a set of documents outlining the future of rhetoric studies. Had we done so, no doubt the deliberations would have been contentious and exhilarating, just as those that led to the publication of The Prospect of Rhetoric. However, the good will present in Tucson, especially after a memorable outdoor fiesta complete with full moon and mariachi band, may well have brought about another revolution (if not another affair for Dame Rhetoric). Instead, we present to you a portion of the fine papers presented there, which together show the continued influence and vitality of other papers, on the same subject, published twenty-five years ago