Tag Archives: Rhetoric

Reading: An Ode to ‘Desperate Don’

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It’s not an ode. More of a note towards grappling with reality. Would have been more effective as an ode, but trump doesn’t deserve one.

it is when Trump lies out of desperation, out of the fear of being found out, blamed, reprimanded, possibly even abandoned, that most people can relish it. It is in those moments that Trump is most human and our ire toward this liar is most vindicated and validated.

Reading: Nunes sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him • The Register

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All these secret societies – all these adolescent politicos. https://ift.tt/2Jw6bMu

The lawsuit even goes so far as to suggest that the accounts weren’t just the work of people intent on making fun of him, but rather were part of a conspiracy, perhaps backed by his political opponents, and claims that Twitter was negligent in allowing the cruel jibes to continue.

“The Twitter attacks on Nunes were pre-planned, calculated, orchestrated and undertaken by multiple individuals acting in concert, over a continuous period of time exceeding a year,” the complaint, made public ahead of being filed, stated.

Reading: The real reason Trump is pushing a free speech order on college campuses (opinion) – CNN

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Rhetoric at center.

I understand that those on the far right — people like climate-change deniers, Milo Yiannopoulos and others — are frustrated that universities are not always inviting places for their ideas. But if they want their ideas to be taken seriously, then they must make more persuasive and factually-based arguments for the validity of those ideas. People who stand on a university platform or whose work appears in the pages of well-respected journals have earned — not demanded — their right to be there.

Reading: The perennial ‘The Five-Paragraph Essay Must Die’ puffery

Source Slashdot discussions are usually pretty good: sharp, insightful. This one is the equivalent of themewriting. Uninformed, over-determined, mindless recitation of received ideas, with all options removed from the world of discussion. Posturing and posing – the trope of themewriting – passing for consideration. Just as teaching the theme passes for teaching. The discussion needs an intervention. This is your intervention: Read The Plural “I” by William Coles for a considered critique of the deceit of the five paragraph theme and an alternative curriculum. Out of print, so reprints are inexpensive. Or try a library.  Can’t be bothered to read? Try this interview with Coles by John Boe and Eric Schroeder, from Writing on the Edge.

Reading 26 Sep 2018