Isocolon twice used. In the tweet, it's used to create dramatic irony. Compare, "People design for themselves." The slide in the image uses an isocolon to create zeugma or antanaclasis (pun). Compare "To change the world, change who's designing it." Now consider the relation between the two micro-texts:



  • ... ellipsis as style

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)

  • 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

ENGL 3179-5179 Fall 2016
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for Tue 18 Oct

Read Longaker, Style, pp 136 - 156. Come with questions and ready to work in class with concepts of register (p 142ff) and figures , pp 144ff.

In-class exercise in identifying tropes and schemes.

for Tues Oct 25

update 20 Oct 2016. We'll start the exercise in collecting tweets and GIFs that exemplify figures of thought in class on Tuesday. (pp 153-156).

On Friday or Saturday, I'll develop more notes on NotesOnLongakerOnStyle, and extend analysis into emoticons and emoji as figures of thought.

for Tues: Review tropes, schemes, and figures of thought. A good way of doing this is to develop notes on them as supplements to Longaker: Creating your own list of terms and a definition or characteristic trait helps. Organizing them, finding examples of them as you read or listen to just about anything. Finding examples of figures and tropes in other media is good practice, too. Watch for how emoticons and emoji are used to articulate attitude. Watch for examples of isocolon and other figures of repetition in visual placement and sequences.



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