- 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 principles of classical rhetoric fit in with your other studies so far.
- Have you identified any specific claims used in your speech?
- Why do you think the speaker might choose to use that particular rhetoric (refer back to your book for types of arguments)?
- Do you know the full rhetorical situation of the speech? 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 peer review groups for a bit o' practice ;D
- If we don't have time for both, we'll skip the fallacy practice and discuss APA formatting for your Rhetorical Analysis.
- Finish your Rhetorical Analyses and submit them via Blackboard!