A friend of ours was interested in a 6’ long cattle prod for social distancing.
It’s not an inherent law of the universe that if you have to cite a 30-minute video, it means you don’t actually have any cogent arguments. But it does seem to be a law of the Internet. Perhaps that’s for the best, though; it means when the deepfakes arrive en masse, we — or, at least, the critical thinkers among us — will be suspicious already. Let’s hope automatic skepticism of videos spreads before then.
My guess is that the citer is passing on the video because they found it persuasive (it’s usually accompanied with, “You have to watch the whole thing!”), not because it would persuade anyone else or because it illustrates some significant point to consider. It’s a litmus test for community: “I was persuaded by this! You should be too.” I would also suggest that the citer would not claim the video was “persuasive” (they wouldn’t use that term) but “the truth.” At that point, bring in McLuhan. There’s a dissertation lurking here.
- White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks – The New York Times – The press does rhetorical analysis. – (trump persuasion rhetorical_situation )
- Donald Trump under fire after failing to denounce Virginia white supremacists – This account makes it clear that Trump mis-used the rhetorical moment. Didn't just miss the opportunity to condemn white supremacists but used it to normalize racism. This is not a rhetorically innocent move.
> The president said he condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” on Saturday. He then repeated the phrase “on many sides” for emphasis. A White House spokesperson later amplified the president’s remarks, telling the Guardian: “The president was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protesters and counter-protesters today.”
> But there was strong reaction to Trump’s refusal to denounce far-right extremists who had marched through the streets carrying flaming torches, screaming racial epithets and setting upon their opponents. – (politics efficacy trump rhetoric rhetorical_situation )
- Trump lit the torches of white supremacy in Charlottesville. We must extinguish them. – The Washington Post – Trump tries to take naming out of debate. The conservatives make it the center of debate – by declaring the name is not open for debate.
> But this abomination that happened in Charlottesville over the weekend is not up for debate. It’s not a cultural take or a political platform. Racism, bigotry and terrorism in the name of white nationalism isn’t a “side.” It’s a poison. – (rhetoric trump categorization naming )
- Here and now – Thinking … I’ll get back to you on it. – (none)
- Trumpcare Collapsed Because Republicans Cannot Govern – Republican ideology doesn't admit support for health care. It's not conservatism. It's Republicanism.
> In truth, it was never possible to reconcile public standards for a humane health-care system with conservative ideology. In a pure market system, access to medical care will be unaffordable for a huge share of the public. Giving them access to quality care means mobilizing government power to redistribute resources, either through direct tax and transfers or through regulations that raise costs for the healthy and lower them for the sick. Obamacare uses both methods, and both are utterly repugnant and unacceptable to movement conservatives. That commitment to abstract anti-government dogma, without any concern for the practical impact, is the quality that makes the Republican Party unlike right-of-center governing parties in any other democracy. In no other country would a conservative party develop a plan for health care that every major industry stakeholder calls completely unworkable.
> The power to destroy remains within the Republican Party’s capacity. The power to translate its ideological principles into practical government is utterly beyond its reach. – (ideology rhetoric politics )
- Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop offers case study on how to sell snake oil | Ars Technica – A catalogue of some of the rhetorical moves on Goop. – (ecommerce erhetoric snakeoil persuasion )
- Secrets to Success with Email Autoresponders – A consideration of the rhet sit on the edge of spamming. Articles like these open up the reasoning of the rhetors while concealing their motivation. – (erhetoric persuasion persuasive_technologies )
- Teaching with Video Games – OV – (procedural_rhetoric games )
- Obama bets big on open ed — with one little catch – update on SCORM on OER. – (ple oer scorm mooc )
- Communicate Like MLK and Change the World | Duarte Blog – video and line graph analysis of MLK speech. presentation form follows one dimension – what is / what can be – and so seems short on semiotic possibilities. – (rhetoric persuasion vosualization )
- Science Proves You’re Stupid – light-handed synopisis and essay on cognition a d action. Too glib? might be. "Fiction is stuff you know you’re making up, and memoir is stuff you don’t know you’re making up." that is. – (cognition essay fyc )
- Will #Quora Be Big In 2011? – a good article for en3177, in part for the subject of discussion but even more for the aggregatating and repurposing the writer's doing. trace the inputs and outputs and diagram how he links it all together. this is learning. – (en3177 twitter quora mooc ple synthesis )
- Should I Work for Free? – flowchart. but it's not about the flow. it's about the players. illustrates how to play with genres. – (vizualization argument persuasion )
- At Netroots UK, British progressives plant seeds for future online struggles – Students organize around and by using social media in the field and after. Sarcasim, demonstrations, Guardian columnists, and blogging. – (en3177 protests social_media )
- Writer’s Guide to Twitter – – (en3177 twitter writing )
- Internet Society (ISOC) Future Internet Scenarios – Scenario planning for the interwebs. What's in your future? – (internet trends )
- Top 48 ads that would never be allowed today » Article » OWNI.eu, Digital Journalism – Racism. sexism, misogyny: marketing. Spurious arguments even in context. – (advertising ads media fyc visualliteracy semiotics persuasion )
- SPIEGEL Interview with Umberto Eco: ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’ – Sometimes the seemingly simple are rich semiotic texts. – (semiotics lists )