The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


"Enthymemes of Anger"

Submitted by Anonymous on August 20, 2009 - 9:24pm

My dreams are eikos the most share-able warrant I can provide for this juxtaposition of Barney Frank and Jeffrey Walker.

if you haven't lately held in your hands the festschrift for Wilma Ebbitt, this is one of the several important pieces in that volume (i, alas, designed, edited, and proofread it while keeping my dissertation at bay; please don't hold those things agin me):

Walker, Jeffrey, "Enthymemes of Anger in Cicero and Thomas Paine,"
in Constructing Rhetorical Education, ed. Marie Secor and Davida Charney (SIU Press, 1992).

and here's rep frank, who claims that anger doesn't have to be absent reason (go! the enlightenment wants a renaissance!):


On going public

Submitted by Katya Haskins on July 11, 2009 - 8:46pm

I have a confession to make. This is my very first blog. Ever. As someone who has never kept a real diary (except for a nitty-gritty day planner) and remained a spectator of others sparring in electronic spaces, I am approaching this task with some trepidation. To me, it is not unlike shouting to attract attention to myself in the midst of a crowded hall where people have gathered to chat, to network and generally do things unrelated to what I have to say.


a rich warrant for ending self-flaggggelllllation

Submitted by Anonymous on May 10, 2009 - 7:42pm

a few months ago, i came as close to flaming as i have in -- what? -- 17 years of online postings about rhetorical studies. the "object" was a post here about george will, a post that described will as a "journalist".

the esteemed poster wasn't necessarily wrong ...; by certain standards will is a journalist ... as well as a decent baseball writer, tho since peter angelos bought the orioles ... well, never mind.

frank rich has a few paragraphs that might help explain the vehemence of my response to the post about george will (and rich even uses the j word):


On missing the social

Submitted by johnm on May 6, 2009 - 2:32pm

I really enjoy reading anything written by Henri Lefebvre just for the attention he gives to making his criticism sound like poetry. I'm working my way through the first volume of his Critique of Everyday Life, and came across the following passage. I don't think I've ever read anything else that makes so clear our proclivity for missing the human hand's work in constructing our experiences of everyday life.

From the 2008 Verso edition of Henri Lefebvre's Critique of Everyday Life, vol. 1, chapter 2: "The Knowledge of Everyday Life," pp. 131-132.


A Blogora "Screening" of RIP: A Remix Manifesto?

Submitted by Jim Brown on May 5, 2009 - 11:46pm

During South By Southwest, I wasn't able to attend a screening of RIP: A Remix Manifesto:

In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.


ambience and rhetoric

Submitted by Thomas Rickert on April 20, 2009 - 1:12pm

Playing: Brian Eno--On Land

When Josh came up to Purdue last Fall, he gave a great talk on EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena), backmasking, and so on. You remember the backward "Stairway to Heaven" brouhaha from the early '80s, yes? Good times, good times (little joke there for the Led Zep afficionados). The night before his talk, however, while we having dinner after I picked him up at the airport, we started talking about music in general. We are both big music fans, so there was lots to discuss.


Rhetoric Hits SXSW: Is Aristotle on Twitter?

Submitted by Jim Brown on March 14, 2009 - 10:20pm

Next week, a group of UT rhetoric folks will be presenting at South By Southwest Interactive, and we were recently interviewed by South By Texas State:


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.


anniversaries of natal days

Submitted by Anonymous on February 23, 2009 - 5:58pm

Happy anniversaries of natal days to Fred Antczak today and to Wayne Booth tomorrow.


DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation

Submitted by Jim Brown on February 18, 2009 - 1:27pm

Awhile back, Byron posted a link to DJ Spooky's remix of Birth of a Nation. I was able to see a screening of the film here in Austin, and I thought I'd post a few thoughts.

I was very excited for this screening. One of the cool things about living in Austin is that these kinds of opportunities often present themselves. However, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the film. In his introductory remarks, DJ Spooky (aka Paul Mill, aka That Subliminal Kid) noted that the film was a way for him to explore the connections between the methods of the DJ and the methods of a film editor.

Now, maybe Girl Talk has completely warped my idea of the DJ method by mashing up a seemingly infinite number texts. Because this is what I had in mind. I thought the film would be a mashup of Birth of a Nation and other texts. For instance, when the voice over of Re-Birth of a Nation made reference to how Birth of a Nation laid the groundwork for racist imagery throughout American cinema, I thought I'd see some of that racist imagery. That is, I thought he'd mix in a slice of Godzilla or Black Snake Moan. This is the Girl Talk method: a dizzying mashup of various texts.