What Makes This Rhetorical?

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A persuasion of values. Deliberative rhetoric in visual depiction. Deliberative discourse is focused on the future, what will happen, choices that can be made for the future. The argument: Material things might change, but relationships will stay the same. Mom, a desk, homework to do while friends call to play outside.

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A definition of rhetoric
A 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)

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  • occasion
  • exigence
  • the type of discourse: forensic, deliberative, epideictic
  • forum and genre
  • cultural and historical context
  • presuppositions of shared ways of thinking

Elements of Electronic Rhetoric

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