The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Fox News and Rhetorical Effectiveness, or, "Teaching Rhetorical Fallacies."

Submitted by John W. Pell on August 24, 2011 - 2:10pm

Each fall I have grand ideas of teaching my first year students about the rhetorical fallacies. I name a few of fallacies during the course of the semester, but never quite accomplish what I imagined while planning my courses during the summer.

That being said, I have found that when students struggle with logical fallacies, particularly non-sequitirs and faulty causality a great resource for demonstrating where these fallacies occur and how persuasive they can be for an audience: Fox News.


Teaching Kairos

Submitted by John W. Pell on June 15, 2011 - 11:36am

Thinking about Kairos in Introductory Rhetoric Courses


A First Post

Submitted by John W. Pell on June 2, 2011 - 10:35am

To begin, I would like to thank Adria for her warm welcome and all of the Blogora contributors for allowing me the opportunity to share my thoughts with such an excellent community of scholars, colleagues, and friends. RSA was one of the first professional organizations I joined as a graduate student and I am excited to be a part of this project. I hope my thoughts in this forum will create lively discussion, or at the very least a little reprieve from our other duties as scholars, teachers, administrators, friends, partners, parents, etc.


Definition of Rhetoric a Day

Submitted by syntaxfactory on October 28, 2010 - 7:28pm

So as lamented previously, I teach in a terminal MA at a regional school that mostly lures students from liberal arts English degrees into another two years of school. As a result, almost none of them know what rhetoric is, or they conflate rhetoric with "how to teach writing," or they know only its pejorative resonances.

So, I've promised myself to post a definition of rhetoric every day until I get tired of the exercise. I don't have page numbers, and quotations are rough.

But: for starters, today's definition:


Google is Making Us

Submitted by Maxwell on September 19, 2010 - 10:13pm

I've been thinking a lot about television these past few weeks, which is strange because I haven't owned one in more than three years. It's inevitable when friends start talking about the season premier of Boardwalk Empire and that awesome Twins game last night. So to counteract my Luddite guilt complex, I picked up Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death.


First things First

Submitted by Maxwell on September 8, 2010 - 3:08pm

Thank you for the wonderful welcome David. I truly appreciate the opportunity to explore my ideas and collaborate with the other bloggers and readers at the Blogora. I am in a fortunate place, engaging with some great minds in Rhetoric, but a place that I don't fully understand. I was accepted to a Rhetoric & Composition program housed in an English Department, now I'm blogging at the home of the RSA while immersing myself in the theory and practice of Composition pedagogy.


What Does July Fourth Mean in THIS Exact Hour?

Submitted by Adria on July 4, 2010 - 1:58pm

I know I've posted this speech before on previous years' July fourth, but my colleague Bryan McCann found a reading of Douglass' speech that is very good (and part of Zinn's _Voices of a People's History_). Happy fourth of July


On the Atomization of Rhetoric: A Response

Submitted by Jim Brown on February 19, 2010 - 11:27am

In a recent collaborative blog post, Brian McNely and Christa Teston have kicked off a discussion of which I think Blogora should be a part. That discussion is one that I have touched on previously, and I’d like to offer a response to their discussion in the interest of, in their words (though, they are channeling Robert Scott), “cooperative critical inquiry.” I want to offer a three-pronged response.


happy constitution day. yeah.

Submitted by Anonymous on September 16, 2009 - 8:47pm

thinking about the 8th amendment. you know the rest.

08 Ellis Unit One.mp35.36 MB


Brooke's Lingua Fracta: New Media is not just for the techies

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 28, 2009 - 10:55am

I have been away from the Blogora for too long, and it's time to get back into the swing of things. How about a post that begs you to see new media scholarship as something relevant to your life? Sound good? Good.