[RHETORIC] Rhetoric provides a method for studying the work that language and writing do.
[CONTEXT] The meanings and the effects of writing are contingent on situation, on readers, and on a text’s purposes/uses.
One of the readings for this week, “What do Donald Trump, Pope Francis, and the Beef that Defied Space and Time All Have to do with How Language Works?”, (Links to an external site.) examines a Twitter exchange between Pope Francis and then U.S presidential candidate Donald Trump. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram now act as an acceptable medium for high-profile individuals and organizations to communicate their thoughts to an audience, i.e., their “followers”.
In this assignment, you will identify rhetorical concepts one of the people or organizations listed in the table below adhered to in their social media post to elicit a certain response from their audience. Again, rhetoric is “a method for studying the work that language and writing do,” and this study of how language is used can happen in any genre of writing, including brief texts that you encounter on a daily basis. Completing this assignment may help you think about the choices authors make to generate effective writing, no matter how simple or intricate the writing may be.
For this assignment:
I) Choose one of the posts featured in the table below. They are all public, which means even if you do not subscribe to a particular social media site, you should be able to access any of the posts in the table without an account. While some of the options like The Economist provide links to more information, you will only be analyzing the post itself in this assignment.
|1. Chris Evans (Links to an external site.)||4. Governor Gary Herbert (Links to an external site.)||7. National Geographic (Links to an external site.)|
|2. Mark Hamill (Links to an external site.)||5. Salt Lake Climbers Alliance (Links to an external site.)||8. Utah Jazz (Links to an external site.)|
|3. Jamie Lee Curtis (Links to an external site.)||6. World Health Organization (Links to an external site.)||9. Witney Carson (Links to an external site.)|
II) Respond to the following prompts:
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