The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Rhetorical Distributions and More Experiments in Publishing

Submitted by Jim Brown on April 5, 2012 - 12:08pm

Dale Smith and I have decided to published our essay "The Event and the Archive: Rhetorical Distributions in Civil Society" online, and I wanted to invite the Blogora to provide feedback. This is an essay that's already been cited by one print publication, and we continue to get requests for a manuscript version (we've presented this work at two different conferences). However, we have had some trouble finding the right publication venue. So, we've decided to post what we have and to solicit feedback.


Who are We Talking To? : Alec Baldwin, Netflix, and the Difficulty in Locating Audience

Submitted by John W. Pell on September 30, 2011 - 6:24pm

In the last two weeks I noticed that a number of bloggers, journalists, and executives have released statements via the internet in order to clear up what they perceived to be public misconceptions about their person or corporation. Two of these instances provide excellent material for exploring with undergraduate students the complicated nature of "audience," a term both fraught with uncertainty and essential to the study of rhetoric.


on public privates

Submitted by slewfoot on April 14, 2009 - 3:04pm

Music: And Also the Trees: (Listen For) The Rag and Bone Man (2007)

Communication scholar Bruce Gronbeck is visiting Aus-Vegas this week and wowing everyone with this wit and charm. This morning he guest lectured to my Introduction to Rhetorical Theory class on "what does a rhetorician know, and how?" He presented the students with, I think, one of the most lucid discussions of social construction I have yet to behold.