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Procedural Rhetorics of the Obama Campaign

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 15, 2011 - 1:17pm

Our own Jim Brown gave a nifty paper at MLA.


Why Is This So Creepy?

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 13, 2011 - 9:15pm


The Big O's Record

Submitted by Jim Aune on December 19, 2010 - 9:59pm

"The results after two years: universal health insurance, the rescue of Detroit, the avoidance of a Second Great Depression, big gains in private sector growth and productivity, three stimulus packages (if you count QE2), big public investments in transport and green infrastructure, the near-complete isolation of Iran, the very public exposure of Israeli intransigence and extremism, a reset with Russia (plus a new START), big drops in illegal immigration and major gains in enforcement, a South Korea free trade pact, the end of torture, and a debt commission that has put fiscal reform squarely


Making friends with the Japanese...

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 15, 2010 - 10:27pm

USFJ releases second manga on U.S.-Japan alliance
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 14, 2010

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — U.S. Forces Japan on Tuesday released the second of its four-volume Japanese-style comic books aimed at educating Japanese about the U.S.-Japan security alliance.


From Pigford to Reparations?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 1, 2010 - 3:23am

So in this blog entry:

Michelle Bachman of Minnesota claims that the Pigford settlement to a class action lawsuit regarding discrimination in ag subsidies is "flat out wrong. Can we be gutsy enough on the house floor to say this is a complete fraud?”


New Blog: The Silver Tongue Times

Submitted by Jim Brown on October 27, 2010 - 4:56pm

A group of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University have launched a new blog called The Silver Tongue Times. The "about" page explains the inspiration for this project:

Our blog was inspired by a comment made by Kathleen Hall Jamieson in Eloquence in an Electronic Age: The Transformation of Political Speechmaking. She writes that:


On Agency from Schilb

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 9, 2010 - 7:38am

From the first issue of Present Tense (see TOC on the left). Schilb, for those who don't know, made important inroads in composition theory and historiography. He also coined the coolest term for our anxiety about the history of rhetoric as manifest in canon debates: the "canonoia" of the field.


The Summer of Malaise, Redux

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 16, 2010 - 3:09pm

It occurs to me today, after the President's, well, adequate speech last night that the Blogora could probably use a specialist in public address (or whatever we're calling it these days). I'm so generally disgruntled with the US that I'm spending almost all of my head time in the English Civil War these days. And trying to take long views, as Communists used to say. Meanwhile, a compendium from La Sullivan.


Paradiastole, Revisited

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 7, 2010 - 7:07pm

One of the many profound things one can find in Quentin Skinner's Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes, is a careful exposition of the role of the classical rhetorical figure paradiastole in destabilizing public discourse. Hobbes' fixation on stabilizing terms (later a central feature of the English academic style I commented on earlier) was an effort to restrain such destabilizing.