What is E-Rhetoric

aka digital rhetoric

A definition of rhetoric

Here's a fairly modest but pragmatic, easy-to-hang-onto definition of rhetoric from Stoner and Perkins:

The art and science of creating and analyzing "messages that rely on verbal and nonverbal symbols that more or less intentionally influence social attitudes, values, beliefs, and actions." (6)

For a broader, more complete and historical definition, try Google - define:rhetoric.
When it comes to e-rhetoric, we can sharpen the definition a little with this, from Why Teach Digital Writing:

A definition of digital rhetoric


Keep the aspects of this definition in mind throughout the course. If you ever feel lost about what we're looking at, come back to this page to reorient yourself.
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