Buffalo Bill

History & Rhetoric

  • We're gonna take it easy for the beginning of the class by watching a little video footage.
  • We'll be doing some discussion about it, but you don't need to have all the answers to these questions (yet!):
    • What argument is this commercial making? What is it asking us to do, think, believe, or feel?
    • What is the context of this video? (Who are these people? What's going on here?) Later, we'll use the internet to develop our understanding of this.
    • What sort of appeal does the video make: emotional? logical? Does the image use a spokesperson or a famous figure?
    • Is the rhetoric effective? Why or why not?
    • Perhaps most importantly, for whom was this commercial made? Is it appropriate for it's intended audience?
  • Part of your first homework will be to answer these questions. You won't be graded on the accuracy of your answer, but try to be thorough (perhaps by reviewing some of the footage as you answer them).

What is this all about?

  • You're conducting a rhetorical analysis (what we'll be doing for Writing Project 1)
    • Let's go back to the videos and discuss some interpretations of them.
  • What do you need to do to be prepared for this writing assignment?
    • Let's outline, as a class, what your agenda should look like!

Review of Chapter 1 & Aristotelian Terms

  • Logos
  • Ethos
  • Pathos
  • Here's a link on rhetoric that may help, as well.

Homework

  • Complete a Reading Response in which you respond to these prompts:
    • What argument is this commercial making? What is it asking us to do, think, believe, or feel?
    • What is the context of this video? (Who are these people? What's going on here?)
    • What sort of appeal does the video make: emotional? logical? Does the image use a spokesperson or a famous figure?
    • Is the rhetoric effective? Why or why not?
    • For whom was this commercial made? Is it appropriate for its intended audience?
    • Again, you don't have to worry about being wrong or right, just try your best to be thorough. This homework assignment will be due in class on Monday.