What is Rhetoric?

In groups, search for definitions of rhetoric. Make note of where you are getting the information (write down url, author name). Read through at least 3 possible definitions, before selecting one to try to more deeply understand. . Once you’ve selected a definition, try to think of how you will explain it to the class so that we understand its meaning. You can use examples from the Chapter you read for homework or examples from your own lives, or anything else you find as you search. If you select one that seems interesting to you, but that you also have questions about, that’s great, too. When it’s time to discuss, you can ask those questions.

Harlot of the Arts #definerhetoric contest 2014

Purdue Owl’s conclusion of the Rhetorical Situation states the following:

But, really, rhetorical situations occur whenever one person attempts to communicate with another person. We could do the same activity with a painting, a work of fiction, a political debate, a film, a Facebook status update, a squabble between lovers, a personal journal entry, or any other act of communication.

Invariably, all situations involving communication involve at least one of each of the following:

  1. an author with specific purposes, attitudes, and background;
  2. an audience with equally specific purposes, attitudes, and background;
  3. a text in a particular medium, made with certain tools, and deciphered with certain tools; and
  4. a context in a particular time and place involving a certain community and conversation.

Understanding the factors that shape rhetorical situations make authors and audiences more aware of what goes into different acts of communication. Overall, understanding these factors helps people better understand the differing perspectives of others.



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