The focus of this project is on how elements of classical rhetoric inform or apply to the online mode of writing Facebook.

-> Create a Facebook-like profile on big paper or card/tagboard. The can be one of real self or of a social self you'd like to portray: the relation of the ethos you create to your self is not at issue right now. Limit yourself to the Facebook categories.

You can mix media: handwriting with word-processed text, with drawings/clip art/images from magazines or elsewhere rather than your own images. Go big.

Include a Wall. You may include some comments on your Wall, but leave some space for others to post to your Wall.

!!! Illumination
This work will be interpretive, bringing forward, illustrating, and commenting on how you see Facebook working rhetorically, and drawing on your work with describing and analyzing Facebook over the last couple of weeks. So draw on Stoner and Perkins, Chap 9. As you work, you'll need to consider choices you make with respect to

* the genres
* stylistic choices and use of figures
* arrangement
* delivery
* memory
* ethos as a means of persuasion
* pathos as a means of persuasion
* logos as a means of persuasion

While you need to consider a number of rhetorical elements as you create this profile, 'focus your profile on illuminating one rhetorical aspect or element'. For instance, my first rhetorical interest in Facebook focused on ethos: How users shape their profile to create in others a sense of a credible identity, an ethos others would want to publicly interact with, be friends with. In considering that aspect, I had to look at how profiles used other elements to create that ethos: style, nonverbal devices, genre, and so on.

Ethos still strikes me as a potent way in to understanding Facebook rhetorically, but there are other possibilities, possibilities that your presentations have brought to light,

In this work, you're aiming to bring to light a point about Facebook as a rhetorical space: to create a mock-Facebook profile that illuminates for others a rhetorical aspect of Facebook that might not otherwise be seen. You may not have a refined, focused sense of what point you're illuminating when you begin. It may change as you work. You may have to begin more than once. It may still change as you work. That's to be expected. Illuminations shine light in corners the illuminator didn't know existed. But in the end, you should have in your mind a pretty sharp sense of what your work is illuminating: where your flashlight is pointed, and what you see there.

After you present your work and others have responded, I'll ask you to articulate what point(s) you see your profile making, or what aspects you see your profile illuminating in light of what others see.
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