- Today, we'll be examining logical fallacies and their implications for your own writing; but first...
- Let's take some time to reflect on how the Triangle text fits in with your other studies so far.
- Can you identify any specific kinds of rhetoric used in Triangle?
- Why do you think the author might choose to use that particular rhetoric?
- Do you know the full rhetorical situation of this book? What do you know about the author?
- When I give the go ahead, freewrite for a little bit about these questions.
- Let's start by examining the prompts from the book (as a class).
- "Resistance is futile." (Borg message on Star Trek)
- "It's the economy, stupid." (sign on the wall at Bill Clinton's campaign headquarters)
- "Remember the Alamo!" (battle cry)
- "Make love, not war." (antiwar slogan popularized during the Vietnam War)
- "A chicken for every pot." (campaign slogan)
- "Gun don't kill, people do." (unofficial NRA slogan)
- "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." (attributed to Harry S. Truman)
- "Yes, we can!" (Obama campaign slogan)
- Questions to consider:
- Are all fallacies absolute?
- What role does context play in these?
- How might someone else interpret these differently?
- Finally, let's get a feel for how fallacies might appear in your own writing!
- Get into your writing groups for a bit o' practice ;D
- Read Chapter 2 from EAA. Complete a Reading Response in which you respond to the following prompts.
If your group is facilitating the discussion of Chapter 2, you do not have to complete a Reading Response. Instead, prepare your facilitation.
- The chapter asserts that rhetors may use emotions to "build bridges" and/or to "sustain an argument." Describe both approaches in your own words.
- Locate a written example of humor not listed in the book and describe why it works.
- Describe the specific emotion(s) each slogan from the chapter is trying to illicit:
- Have it your way." (Burger King)
- "Think different." (Apple)
- "Country first." (John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign slogan)
- "Because you're worth it." (L'Oreal)
- Facilitation Groups do not need to complete a Reading Response over the chapter they are facilitating!
- Make sure to finish your Triangle Reading Response by Friday and bring your book with you on Friday!
- Triangle assignments count as part of your grade in all Triad Courses! Don't sabotage yourself by not getting them done!
- The prompts, again, are:
- What is the significance of the identification of bodies, as described in the Prologue?
- How did industry both benefit and suffer from the momentum of technological advance leading up to the Triangle Fire?
- How does cultural identity reflect the way different immigrants were treated by factory owners and political leaders?
- Describe both positive and negative aspects of Tammany Hall and its political machine.