What’s In a Blog?

Nicole’s excellent post that links to study that covers not only Lloyd Bitzer’s and Richard Vatz’s work on the rhetorical situation, but gives us an additional option with Barbara Biesecker’s canonical work on it as well.

Makeshift Memoir

Would a rhetorical situation be as sweet if it it existed on it’s own? Or do events demand a response from us, to make our own ideals and injustices more transparent to others. A third option; we are all just speaking in persuasive circles, trying to-do one another with our wit and clear understanding of rhetoric. The headache is strong in this one.

Circles are ever present in the debate on which side of rhetoric one falls. There’s a perforated circle that allows social situations and experiences into your reality, if you fall on the side of Richard Vatz. On the other, a closed circle (walled, or bordered, one might say) on the side of Lloyd Bitzer. Class discussions on which stance we feel is most like our own mentality of rhetoric are lead in circles. I feel like it clears up for one second, but as soon as I look…

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What Rhetoric Is

I couldn’t help but think of our discussions of ethos with this one.

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Bitzer honestly said it best. Rhetoric is, in a nutshell, “the art of altering reality”; not literally, not in a god-like sense, there’s no physical reshaping of matter itself into the form of your choosing and omnipotent control of the very fabric of space and time- but y’know, that’s not far off.

Rhetoric is the capacity to influence another’s perception of reality, to alter the way that they view the world around them. It’s basically an art form, where words are the colors and the mind is the canvas. It’s as honest as it is deceptive, operates in a sort of moral grey area, and if we strap on our conspiracy goggles, basically controls every aspect of our lives.

We all know at least one person who’s good at finagling themselves out of a tight situation through clever wordplay and appealing to people’s latent sympathies. Younger siblings are particularly good…

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