Blog #2 Rhetoric

Rhetoric and Rhetorical appeals- Comic text uses an informal seemingly creative means of explaining rhetoric and what it means. The text is presented in comic strip form using informal speech along with some mild humor. Using this format, this text can appeal to a younger audience, and make the idea of rhetoric easier to understand. In this text, Rhetoric is defined as a way of thinking about how you talk that makes discussion easier. It is said to supply the skills needed to form ideas, argue them, and accomplish goals or make tough choices. This culture shows  rhetorical practices in debates, elections, online profiles, and  social networks. In a political debate, you speak in a certain way and use your words and ideas to persuade the public into voting for you rather than your opponent. In elections the same idea applies as you make many promises and ideas of reform to gain the popular vote. This is used heavily in this culture. In a less formal setting, online profiles are another form of rhetorical practice. On your online profile you seek to make yourself seem interesting. You may use a manor of pictures and words to accomplish this. Social media uses this too, though what you say and post on these sites can make or break you in a sense. It can impact your ethos negatively or positively depending on what is posted. What you post may also seek to appeal to others pathos.

African communicative practices on the other hand explains rhetoric differently. In this case the text is in book format and its overall fairly formal. It explains rhetoric a bit more complexly compared to the comic the format the previous text used. This text seems more targeted towards the adult age. This particular culture sees rhetoric as an ancient and traditional communicative practice that focusses on “building community and bringing good in the world”. They practice this form of rhetoric through speaking in African, as African American rhetoric is also the study of the African languages.

Blog Post #1: What is Writing?

Writing can be classified as a few different things. Many consider it a profession, an art. Others may only see it as a way of communication. I see writing as a way of expression, you can create your own world with words where anything is possible. In a sense, in writing you play the role of a creator, some people may call such an entity God. The world you’ve made with words, has no rules. My definition of good writing is being able to use your words to capture the reader’s attention and keep it. No good book is considered a best seller if no one reads it. When the audience is reading through your work, the fact that they want to read it to the very last word proves that you are a good writer.

By my definition, fantasy writers usually fall into the good writer category. Countless writers have been able to write great books by creating such worlds with their minds. A few examples of such titles would be The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Harry Potter Series, and regrettably the Twilight Saga. All of these examples have different authors who created different realities for their stories to take place. Many people read and re-read these books due to the powerful hold the storylines create.

J.K Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter series could be considered a good writer. While I personally hold no love for the books, I have seen others skip meals if it meant finishing the latest Harry Potter book. To hold the readers focus so mercilessly shows that she is a good writer by my definition. People are truly captured by the world she has created.