Debriefing on Looking at the Sexualized Rhetorical Situation

in draft 27 Sep 2015

> From the artifact the audience could conclude that …
We're reading rhetorical artifacts from outside the rhetorical interaction - not as an audience member but as someone standing outside the textualized rhetorical situation looking at it from afar.

> By tweeting this, Frances assumes that the intended addressees admire books and/or organizing them enough to stop and read this.

The kinds of discourse

Here's a notetaker not just identifying the kinds of discourse being used in the tweet but using the three kinds of discourse to analyze how the tweet works.
The discourse involves the tweet itself with its replies, and the picture of the bookshelf. The tweet could be seen as deliberative in that it announces future actions and a decision: "… The tweet represents her decisions and the actions that will soon follow.
In the same way, the tweet could be epideictic because it allows praise or blame. Clearly, her followers appreciated it since it was "favorited" and had positive replies.
Judicial discourse may even be fitting since the tweet justifies an action from the past (cleaning the shelves). Even the "favoriting" seen on the tweet and a few of the replies definitely acts a justification.
The replies from Jane, Peter, and Maha also represent all types of discourse: deliberative, epideictic, and judicial. They are deliberative because they address what is to come (the university and coffee house visits). … In the case of Jane's reply, however, the discourse leans more toward epideictic or judicial. ...
The image of the books on the shelf seems mostly deliberative, but also judicial and epideictic, as well. The cluttered non-fiction shelf represents a decision: Frances didn't want to organize it now but soon will. Seeing the shelf justifies past actions (judicial discourse) of choosing not to clean them. And of course, her past actions could lead way to praise or blame (epideictic).

Exigencies

There are multiple exigencies at work. The exigency represented by the tweet - that of "I'm organizing things!" One person responds to the that exigency with a mention how how she organizes things. But - and this is where it gets interesting - others viewed the posting as an exigence to discuss meeting and exchange news of whether others are presenting at a conference. What we're seeing there is how one exigence can lead to another that has little bearing on the first. In this case, the exigence seems to have arisen from the presence of the readers. Just as a member of a group meeting face to face might see that meeting as an exigence for trading news, so here: The intended readers can see who's reading the original tweet and use that moment as an opportunity to spread news. See Spreadable Media,

This is also addressed in managing kairos, below.

the larger context

Notes that worked looked at the tweet in its rhetorical context on the Twitter page. The comments were collected there. (We could also look at the Tweet in the hashtag context.) Understanding how the tweet works rhetorically demands we look at the responses and other elements of the rhetorical situation.

managing kairos

The initial tweet sets off responses to the tweet itself and then what seems to be a conversation or exchange among followers concerning a face to face meeting concerning a conference ALT15. The originating tweeter is part of this exchange, and part of the face to face meeting. The initiating tweet is not mentioned in the extended conversation. What we're seeing is how a tweet can become a rhetorical place for conversation not organized by the topic but organized by readers of the originating tweet. Akin to viral? More like rhetorical spreading.

Missing summaries!

Many of the sets of notes submitted were missing requested summaries. I requested summaries from those who didn't post them. Drafting summaries from your notes is valuable to you.




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