The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Markopolos on CSPAN

Submitted by Byron Hawk on February 4, 2009 - 3:45pm

I don't know how many of you caught Harry Markopolos on CSPAN this monrning, but he was pretty engaging. No Quarter seems to sum up my impressions of his testimony about Madoff and the SEC. The video doesn't seem to be working yet on the CSPAN site, but here's his original letter to the SEC.


Identity Remix

Submitted by Byron Hawk on February 3, 2009 - 6:20pm

First I want to thank Diane Davis and Jim Brown for inviting me to come and share this blog space for a little while, and blog about, well, I don’t know what yet. I follow Blogora a bit and have a sense of the discursive space, but don’t yet know who I am in that space. One thing I’ve learned about blogging is that you can’t necessarily police identity and audience boundaries in digital space, even when they are well established.


Exclusionar ... ily ... Faithfully....

Submitted by Anonymous on January 31, 2009 - 12:01am

(sorry my posts are so, er, enthymematic ...;
having troubles with fingers, wrists, hands, etc.
pith is it.)


Ouch, Stanley

Submitted by Cynthia on November 10, 2008 - 8:14am

In today's NYT, Stanley Fish serves up some blame in the torture blame game, and guess where he goes: rhetoric. "The emphasis is not on what is true, but on what works, what gets results even if the results are obtained by torture. If the testimony you are citing has been elicited by torture, just say that 'it was in order to discover the truth that our ancestors wished to make use of torture' ('Rhetorica ad Herennium')."


VP Debate Rhetoric

Submitted by Cynthia on October 2, 2008 - 10:41pm

A CNN Republican Strategist contributor just characterized the folksy Palin as 'young' and Biden as 'professorial.' Okaaaaaay. And your point is....? Being professorial is a bad thing in politics, obviously. It is an attempt to tie Biden to the 'liberal elite' of academia. Are we going to take this sitting down? Where are the professors of rhetoric to refute this rhetorical dig?


Cold War Rhetorics

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 10, 2008 - 9:36am

What does the Blogora make of (failed?) attempts to frame the Russia/Georgia conflict with Cold War rhetoric?

Alexander Lomaya, secretary of Georgia’s National Security Council, said conflict arose because Russia sought to “thwart its neighbors’ movement toward Western society and Western values” and framed the stakes in expansive terms that were reminiscent of the cold war.


Bad Logic

Submitted by Cynthia on August 3, 2008 - 7:57am

Along the lines of the 'why does rhetoric have such a bad reputation' lament, comes this story today on NPR about a young Hispanic woman who discovered philosophy as her ticket out of her poor social conditions. That's good, but the problem with her story is that she credits 'logic' with being the great equalizer.


More on Rhetoric and Killing

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 1, 2008 - 9:26am

A disturbing collection of violent rhetoric from the Right.


Can rhetoric kill?

Submitted by Cynthia on July 31, 2008 - 7:29am

I wish rhetoric didn't have such a bad reputation. Sometimes I Google the word just to see what that day's rankings are, and usually it's the Wikipedia or dictionary entries on the top of the list. But today, while enjoying the oh-so-brief cool of a South Carolina morning (the only time I can drink a hot coffee these days), I saw this blogger's post "Rhetoric can kill." It's about the power of words, specifically the power of liberal rhetoric, that (perhaps) led to the Tennessee church shooting.


Opposing Views

Submitted by Jim Brown on July 25, 2008 - 5:27pm

Opposing Views is a new website that seems like it would a great tool for teachers of rhetoric, speech, and composition. From the FAQ: