Rhetorical Analysis: A Preview

 Posted by on 21 August 2013 at 10:00 am  Communication
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On tonight’s Philosophy in Action Radio, I’ll interview Kelly Elmore about rhetoric. We’ll run through the basics concepts of rhetoric, plus do some rhetorical analysis for ourselves. (I’ll definitely rely on the help of people in the chat for that!)

I’ve wanted to this interview ever since Kelly’s two-session discussion at ATLOSCon 2013. It was fascinating — not just for geeky little me, but for everyone in the class.

The main focus of our rhetorical analysis was this poster (click to enlarge):

Once we dug into that image, I was amazed by how much the class managed to extract from it — with Kelly’s help, of course. (As a contrasting case, we analyzed a Ford truck ad too, but that wasn’t nearly so interesting or powerful.) It was fascinating — and empowering — to explicitly identify the ways in which such “messaging” impacts us.

Kelly has given me the images that we’ll analyze on tomorrow’s interview, so I can share them with you now. They are:

And (click to enlarge):

In other news, I’ve decided to start eating vegan and wearing foundation. :-)

  • William H. Stoddard

    I don’t think I want to eat vegan; some of my friends are vegans.

    • c_andrew

      William, I have heard that they taste like corn fed pork… But I’ve only HEARD that, I don’t want anyone drawing unwarranted conclusions.

  • http://twitter.com/Radian_Angle Tjitze de Boer

    You’ve failed vegetarians, the only thing you have now convinced me of is that kittens are probably delicious.

    • James

      I can only assume you have not played NetHack, Tjitze de Boer. Eating kittens TERRIFIES me!

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