The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


The SotU as a genre...

Submitted by Maxwell on January 27, 2011 - 11:15pm

Tuesday night was a perfect time for President Obama to deliver his State of the Union Address to Congress. The first meeting of my Rhetorical Methods course was the following day, a course that will focus on Presidential Rhetoric as the object of study.


American Exceptionalism: Both/And

Submitted by Jim Brown on April 10, 2009 - 12:27pm

This is about a week old, but I thought it was worth a post here.

The question:

Do you believe in American exceptionalism? If not, can you explain how your view differs from that of your predecessors?

The answer:


Lakoff's (P)rhetorical Analysis of Tonight's Speech

Submitted by Jim Brown on February 24, 2009 - 3:42pm

Ever since reading Lakoff's Don't Think of an Elephant, I've wondered whether he would ever see himself as a rhetorician. I'm hesitant to make the move of the disciplinary imperialist by claiming that everyone is "doing rhetoric" whether they know it or not. But Lakoff's political stuff so often reads like rhetorical analysis...and he NEVER uses the "r word." Here is Lakoff's pre-rhetorical (prhetorical...I like it) analysis of Obama's speech tonight to the joint session.


Whitehouse 2.0

Submitted by Jim Brown on November 12, 2008 - 7:31pm

I continue to wonder what a continuation of the Obama "movement" will look like. This Slate story asks whether Obama can continue the participatory ethic of his campaign when he moves into the White House:


Let us try to think carefully...

Submitted by Jim Brown on November 9, 2008 - 3:15pm

Not surprisingly, Judth Butler's warnings against uncritical exuberance about Obama are dead on:


What do the rhetoricians think of Obama's performance at the agora?

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 29, 2008 - 7:41am

What do the rhetoricians think of Obama's speech? The MSM seems to be GUSHING. Check out some of New Republic's blogger responses for some evidence of this. CNN and MSNBC couldn't seem to find anything to critique.