Monthly Archives: September 2010

Where is feminism getting us?

I’ve been having fun poking around in the world of Renaissance Venice and feminist writers. Why? For this same reason I get obsessed about grist mills and the weird spider living in my shower: it’s interesting. It feeds my imagination. … Continue reading

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The rhetoric of “the possible”

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. led the historic March on Washington and delivered his historic “I have a dream speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. His words, his cause, and the tireless pursuit of the … Continue reading

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Sexism, Women, and the Media: The Sophistic Alternative

This past weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the UN to discuss disaster relief in Pakistan and Haiti. What caught the attention of the media, however, was not her political work. It was her hair. More specifically, it was … Continue reading

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Do The Right Thing

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: athletes are some of the greatest rhetoricians among us. Imagine, for example, the relationship between the pitcher and the batter.  It’s a complicated relationship forged in a complex calculus of the … Continue reading

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Astrology and the Science of the Concrete

Before I get into this blog post, I have to make a confession — I love listening to Coast to Coast AM . . . yes, that’s right, the radio show that’s about aliens. At least, that’s what it is … Continue reading

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Industrial design, why are you in my head?

Admittedly, I use objects on a daily basis without giving them much thought, but at times, I can’t turn of the rhetorical analysis. For example, I will notice a new product on a shelf and ask, “Why did they choose … Continue reading

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TL;DR Culture

This blog post began two weeks ago, as I took a break from my Rhetorical Tradition by–as Andy might say–going down that hyperlink rabbit hole. I found myself perusing a particularly vapid “gossip”-type blog (which will remain nameless, frankly, to … Continue reading

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