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Explaining anti-democratic rhetorical tricks. Award winning #teamrhetoric professor & author. Read my column @ResoluteSquare. Fascism is for losers.
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.

Starting now. 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?