I'm a #teamrhetoric professor. Author of Demagogue For President. PROSE & Foreword Indies winner. Writing a new book about propaganda & our broken public sphere
Sep 27, 2018 • 126 tweets • 58 min read
I’m only posting breaking news/ hot takes/pithy rhetorical analysis/puns/selfies from #TribFest18 for the next few days.
At registration I’ve already run into two people I know—a former student who wants to go into publishing marketing (and working the @BookPeople table) & a former Aggie Agora speaker. Also bought @TheRickWilson’s book and hoping to find him irl so he can sign it for me!
Jul 13, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Someone asked me today if I thought that our democracy is compromised by Trump's dishonest rhetoric. This was my answer:
According to Aristotle rhetoric is a method of decision making in the absence of absolute philosophical truth, so it is always vulnerable to lies and bad faith distortions of truth.
May 3, 2018 • 17 tweets • 4 min read
OK friends, we've previously discussed how stasis arguments can be used to try to wiggle out of difficult situations by trying to help your audience understand new information (ex: that Trump repaid his attorney for the 130k hush money).
Stasis arguments: 1) What happened? 2) How should we understand what happened? 3) How should we value what happened? 4) What should we do about what happened?