Morgan's Notes on S&P, chap 2: Critical Stance

Some definitions


critical stance

study messages systematically

Here's where method comes in. Rhetorical study of messages proceeds in a deliberate, deliberative, purposeful way (14) rather than by relying on scattershot, first impressions.

To note: The language used in the spontaneous and the critical view differ from one another. The kinds of statements made in each differ from one another. The evidence brought to bear differs, as does the explicitness of the principles for observing. The critical response focuses on interpreting how the message works and holds off on evaluation. This is to say, it is possible to distinguish the two kinds of responses by how they are written.

Audience response and critic's response

S&P illustrate the critical perspective by distinguishing it from an audience perspective. pp 18.

connect with chap 1

S&P list five characteristics of rhetoric - five characteristics that are not so much a litmus test for deciding whether a text is rhetorical but that provide a way of reading messages as rhetorical. MorgansNotesOnMessagesChap1

and implications for the course

Critical approach is intentional, learnable, and learned. It is not the same as just reacting. It does follow a method. The rest of this course is about learning the method of describe, analyze, interpret, evaluate.

Work with one of these exercises

Exercise SeeingAsACritic
Exercise WhatMakesThisRhetorical
Exercise 1, pp 22-3 as a set of notes in a WikiPage

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