But where is the line to be drawn?

But where is the line to be drawn?

If we accept rhetoric is omniscient, if we practice it in all areas of life, where do we draw the line? We are constantly surrounded by rhetoric- tweets from the president, classroom lectures, and verbal pressure from a Grandmother. Combined with its everlasting presence, we’ve been rhetorically trained. We have a leg up on the rest of the population who haven’t been taught to read against the grain. These are moral and ethical implications everyone has to decide on their…

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Creative Communication with Self

Creative Communication with Self

Rhetoric does more than open a door for us to persuade and explore others. The creative capabilities can be applied to ourselves with as much vigor and possibly more success. We live in a self-help culture. Books, podcasts, tv shows, essays, documentaries, check lists, songs- in any of these mediums we can find instructional “how to’s” for being a better you. Some of it is crap, some isn’t. Plenty of them do provide great (but generalized) tips for improvement. But…

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Creative Connection to Others

Creative Connection to Others

As the semester progressed, we continued rhetorical practices aimed at audiences outside of academia. However, many times these audiences were imagined. And, as rhetoric students, we obviously stay in our heads much longer than we should. We love theories, ideas, hypotheticals. I’m not hating on that- academic styled approaches are vital. But living in our heads too often skews our grasp on reality. So why stop with hypothetical audiences or appeasing our professors for an A? Why stop when we…

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The Connotation of Rhetoric

The Connotation of Rhetoric

Rhetoric is fluid, surpassing categorical confinements. However, when we forget to think outside the box, our rhetoric can be unintentionally restricted. I’m going to look at something we are all familiar with, but perhaps haven’t ruminated much on- The Pullman text and its title. The book is rhetoric centric, but differs from other academic works because of its informal style and worldly examples. So what about the four words on the front give it the ethos to be persuasive, but…

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Academic… not the only way?

Academic… not the only way?

“ACADEMIC IS NOT THE ONLY WAY!” our 3080 class screams in their heads as they type their next blog post. My biggest struggle and favorite lesson of this semester has been discovering how creative we can be in our work- through our rhetoric. I’ve always loved school; I thrive off the new-found knowledge and the ambitious motivation I find it in. However, I constantly struggle with compartmentalizing. School belongs here, social life there, work beyond that. Deeper understandings of anything…

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An Experiment on Delivery- To sum it up…

An Experiment on Delivery- To sum it up…

After messing with my family all week, I was able to get a feel of how changing my body language could easily and drastically affect the entire interaction. Based off of what I know of my family and normal reactions to types of body language, I was not overtly surprised by any responses I received. Even with an audience who is familiar with my tendencies, attitude, wishes, etc. I was able to catch them off guard and get widely different…

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An Experiment on Delivery- Reactions to Questions

An Experiment on Delivery- Reactions to Questions

I chose these questions, like the statements, to startle and incite a reaction. However, with these, I made a deliberate decision in pairing body language with question. I’ve traveled in Africa alone already and plan to continue my wanderings. My family is no stranger to the notion. But not finishing college has never been an option- according to both my family and me. To make things more interesting, I paired the familiar idea with the submissive, unsure body language; compared…

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An Experiment on Delivery- Reactions to Statements

An Experiment on Delivery- Reactions to Statements

These are two statements I tested out with my family. While the requests I made were pretty mild, these were designed to incite a stronger reaction. I don’t think I want kids. Nonchalant tone, clearly spoken; Leaning back, feet up; chest out, chin up; steepling the hands; Eye contact (not too intense) This one was announced collectively to all three ladies. We were all chatting in the kitchen- my grandma was baking (the best pumpkin desert I’ve ever had). The…

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An Experiment with Delivery- Reactions to Requests

An Experiment with Delivery- Reactions to Requests

So over the week I have been slipping in the questions, statements, and requests into casual settings. Most of the reactions I wasn’t too surprised with, but a couple caught me off guard. Here are the reactions to the requests: Would you mind getting me a glass of water? quieter voice, less confidence. Head down, shoulders rounded; rubbing neck, pulling ear  My sister: we are both sitting on the couch, late afternoon. The Tv is on, but she is looking…

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