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Goodwill vs. “Fair and Balanced”

This blog post is inspired by Jon, whose excellent question about the eunoia aspect of ethos got me thinking more about the concept of “goodwill” toward one’s audience, and also by one of my students. Let’s call her Sally. Here’s … Continue reading

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The Print on Demand Revolution in 21st Century America

A few weeks ago we discussed Elizabeth’s Eisenstein’s book and came to a class consensus that the printing press was not just a neat-o invention (although, yes, it was also clearly neat-o). For starters, it changed readers’ interactions with the … Continue reading

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Text, Context, and Dex

As far as I’m concerned, nothing is more relaxing after a long day of immersing oneself in rhetoric history than watching a fictional serial killer solve his world’s problems through internal monologue and the ritual kill that follows his decision: … 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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