Chapter One

What is Rhetorical Analysis?

In other words, we communicate to understand. Once we understand, it's a lot easier to persuade. If that's your thing.


What are we going to study in this text?


Chapter Two


Oral-Aural Rhetorical Situation

So when you look at our class, it is an oral-aural rhetorical situation. Dr. Morgan talks (oral) and we, the students are the audience. We listen (aural). But I bet he's going to have us talk, in which case, he would be the audience, the one interpreting. When he talks, we listen and interpret, in response to the occasion of our class. Overt presuppositions might include the fact that we are all taking this class for credit and/or we are interested in the topic and want to learn more so we can use what we've learned in our lives and/or careers. Or in Dean and my case, maybe we're taking it to fulfill our language requirement for our master's degree. (Much more fun than four years of Old English-- and much more useful in today's culture. Although Dean may disagree with me there). The occasion that calls for the speech is class itself. I'm wondering what the online communication is called-- is it just a textualized situation? You're not an imagined audience; I've met you all and I know your names. But I can't see you, so maybe you are imagined. This communication will last for as long as anyone chooses to keep it up online, whereas anything we say in class will disappear as soon as it's out of our mouths. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

This is classical rhetoric, the in-class kind, but I'm not sure if it's Judicial-- we don't seem to be judging the legality or justice of a past action-- could be it's Deliberative, because we're being advised on how to do future actions-- and Epidiectic is concerned with praise or blame in the present, forming attitudes and affirming or critiquing values or beliefs-- we could be doing some of that? So possibly Deliberative and Epidiectic?

Or maybe I'm overthinking this?

Our forum is our classroom. Our genre "recognizable and recurring types of speech that occur in any given form." Hmm. Dr. Morgan said we would be revising this during class. I see what he means.

The larger historical and cultural context of this class would be maybe the fact that Dr. Morgan has been teaching it for how many years? And how much has changed in those years? We've only had "online" since when, about 1996 or so? Facebook and Twitter for less than that?


Textualized Rhetorical Situation

Methods of Analysis

According to Eli, the Steam Workshop is a perfect example of users digesting content created for them and also participating in the creation of content. "The Steam Workshop is essentially the go-to source for some games. Those who have it have much more popularity than others. Games such as Gary's Mod wouldn't have any popularity without the workshop. Moding changes everything. You can turn a die-hard zombie apocalypse game into a game where ponies are fighting kittens in a mass-murder-athon. Gary's Mod is a sandbox game that only comes with 2 maps by default. But if you look at the workshop there are over 6000 maps to download. All it requires is the click of a button and you have a map. It's amazing how many different creators are on the workshop-- I can't even count. There is so much different content. Maps, weapons, entities, npc's, re-skins, re-models, etc are all available. People who did not create the game created these mods. The reason I do not include Minecraft is that it is not part of the Steam Workshop. Minecraft/Mojang is not affiliated with Steam in any way. However there are several moding websites that are 3rd party websites that people can produce mods and publish them, and people playing Minecraft can use them. In Steam, you have the mods at a click of the button, whereas in Minecraft you have to have some geekiness to install mods."

And honestly, I just remembered that we only needed to read to page 21 in chapter 2. So I'm good!

Email me at if you have questions. Hopefully that worked. !

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