Blackboard Message Sent out on Monday Afternoon, 9/26

I wanted to remind you folks that the goings-on in the WORLD outside of the classroom is great place to see how our academic theories about sociology and rhetoric play out in "real-time" with real events and real groups of people. Tonight you have a fabulous opportunity to see this "reality" by watching the Presidential Candidate Debate. I am certain you will be bombarded by all sorts of messages about our society --- what it needs, what it doesn't need, how it should be organized, and who should its leaders be. I think you should find plenty to think about in terms of gender too.  A woman and man will be debating. Your job for this extra credit is to be an impartial observer.

Extra Credit Opportunity --- Watch the debate tonight between the two presidential candidates and write a reflection about the how each candidate used rhetoric -- language and perhaps body language.

  • What did you notice about HOW each candidate tried to persuade the audience.
  • What did you see in the way of Logos, Pathos, Ethos?
  • What did you notice about gender?
  • Were there any Ad Hominem attacks??? (look this up if you don't know what it means!)

'''Bring in a hard copy 1 to 2 page reflection in to class by Tuesday of next week, October 4th.