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Rhetoric

Convergence

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In my day job as an educational researcher, I encounter a great many educational standards and other works trying to help ascertain the knowledge, ski...

The Toll of Muslim Masculinity: How It Is Pondered, Practiced, Perpetuated - and Poisonous

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

There is a stand. Maybe it's marked by a booming black mic, a large maple podium, some tape on the carpet, an etch in the dirt. Perhaps it's nestled u...

Those Holding 'Anti-Gay' Sentiments Need To Stop Making Things Worse By Expressing Outrage Over The Florida Massacre

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

Many of those spewing anti-gay rhetoric engage in gaslighting, which “is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their...

Argumentation From Outrage

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

I'm not sure what it means for our republic that a fallacy such as Argumentation from Outrage is on the verge of supplanting the whole package of logical and rhetorical techniques designed to construct a sound argument and then present it in a compelling manner. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean nothing.  

5 Things I Learned From Syrian Refugees In Jordan

Michelle Abou-Raad | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Michelle Abou-Raad

Urban refugees don't always make it onto the news, but they are suffering immensely. Over 650,000 Syrian refugees are living in Jordan and the majority lives in unfinished apartments and dilapidated buildings in the cities.

Background Knowledge

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In an age when nearly all data is just a Google away, some thoughtful people arguing for the importance of critical thinking in the context of educational reform seem to see critical-thinking tools as separate from the data (i.e., facts) to which those tools should be applied.

Color Coded

Poetry Foundation | Posted 05.23.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

On the poetics of Donald Trump, the progress of poetry, and reverse racism By Jaswinder Bolina When the blond girl shouted "Hey!" and ran over to sto...

Engaging Your Opponent

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

t's probably too late to get candidates with a head of steam to start using rhetorical devices that still allow them to control debate while actually taking on the substantial issues they are supposed to be engaging with. But perhaps it is not too late for the rest of us to do so.

Managing Expectations

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

One of the most important rhetorical strategies for controlling debate is to set expectations, for yourself an others, in a way that maximizes your ch...

Donald the Dangerous

Kelly James Clark | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

Donald Trump speaks like a terrorist. While he doesn't advocate genocide in the name of God, he does exploit the worst fears of our one nation under God. ISIS and Trump exploit similar fears to protect and extend their kingdoms.

Humility Is Underrated and the Founding Father's Knew It

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Peter Paskale

The values of the Founding Fathers are a GOP favorite, and Cruz and Trump are firm believers -- hence why they both continuously pillage from America's early presidents as a way to prove their constitutional purity.

An Odd Thing Happens When Presidential Candidates Use Emotional Language

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.21.2016 | Science

Angry, inflammatory rhetoric is the bread and butter of Donald Trump's speeches, which are full of language that's arguably less presidential than any...

A Feminist's Guide To Critiquing Hillary Clinton

Kelly Wilz | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Kelly Wilz

Call out sexism and misogyny -- especially if it's coming from someone who claims to be progressive. However, I worry the label is being thrown around loosely and being applied to many well-meaning, non-sexist male critics of Clinton.

France's War Rhetoric: The Rise of the Exterminators

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

The dirty war in Algeria, which pitted Islamists against the army, haunts many people who fled to France to escape the terror and murder meted out by the FIS (Islamist front). Others who fled Iran may be equally vehement. French people who should remember the murderous consequences of such rhetoric during the Algerian war of independence still favor it today.

On 'The Right Way' to Describe a Terrorist

Palle Yourgrau | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Palle Yourgrau

This is not to deny that President Obama has other reasons, as well, for how he chooses to describe terrorists. He is reluctant to call Islamic those who, he strongly believes, are in clear violation of the tenets of "true Islam." Yet is it not true that a bad Muslim is still a Muslim, just as a bad Christian is still a Christian, and a bad Jew, a Jew?

TransCanada Chief Uses Rhetoric to Blame it all on Rhetoric

Peter Paskale | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Peter Paskale

A well-structured sound-bite always wins you headlines. TransCanada president and chief executive, Russ Girling, knows this. Here's what he had to say about last week's decision not to go ahead with the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Spirit of the Commander

Yael Wissner-Levy | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Yael Wissner-Levy

In an environment where the spirit, the ruach, of the commander is the one calling the shots, the rhetoric is the only thing we can cling on to. It won't move mountains, but it will install a discourse of hope.

How Dare You: The Costs of Shutting People Down

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Minorities often find themselves in this situation -- whether they work in academia or business or government. And they often have to think about the backlash of someone, quite often an ally, who will take offense if they don't tow the line.

White Gods and Black Devils: The Rhetoric of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner-Pt. 1

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Henry McNeal Turner's writing focused on much during the post reconstruction period. One of the first major debates Turner found himself in was on African missions and emigration.

How You Can Help Someone With Mental Illness: What to Do First

Farsh Askari | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.

Modi's Oxymoronic Stance on Climate Change

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Chaitanya Kumar

Yes, the world doesn't need to tell India what to do because of our unique cultural value to the environment and our minimal contribution to historic carbon emissions, but neither can India's Prime minister continue to dwell in rhetoric and falsely lead the public into thinking he is doing enough to protect them.

#Selma50, Storytelling Strategies and Social Change

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Lee-Sean Huang

By presenting a problem, and then a solution, it may leave the reader thinking that the problem is solved, but of course it is not solved. We have a choice to make, to continue the march towards a more just society, or to rest on the laurels of past victories. The choice is ours.

Bill O'Reilly and the Unforgivable Curses

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Peter Paskale

Rhetoric is magic. But just like magic, it has its dark side. Just as J. K. Rowling gave her magical world the three 'Unforgivable Curses' -- Imperio, and Crucio, and Avada Kedavra, so rhetoric has it's own. It has Skotison, and Pysma, and Procatalepsis -- word structures designed to befuddle or destroy.

Winning!

Dave Helfert | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Dave Helfert

We're about to see and hear a lot more button pushing in the debate over the 2016 federal budget proposal outlined by President Obama.

Ready for Your Close-Up?

Peter Paskale | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Peter Paskale

Whether you're writing or speaking, when you want your audience to visualize something, borrow from the art of the filmmaker. Ask yourself what scale you want the audience to assign to that object and line-up your shot with care.