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Unformatted text preview: Notes for Burke and Bitzer Burke- Rhetoric makes human unity possible- Language use is symbolic action - Rhetoric is symbolic inducement • Identification:- Rhetoric is needed to find common meaning, unifying symbols and ways of acting together and thus promoting cooperation - Identifying with whom you are speaking to - Symbolic interaction is possible Identifies human beings as symbol users - Rhetoric’s goal : bring together individuals separated from one another by alienation and competition • Symbolic inducement- 1. the symbolic means by which we define ourselves and our communities- 2. nature of meaning as a matter of interpreting symbols - 3. human motivation and action • Terministic screens and being human- Humans = natural tendency to use symbols- Misusing symbols: ex. Language that names another enemy in order to make their destruction possible- Possible explanation of claim: Any set of terms used to describe an object, event, or person simultaneously directs attention toward some factors and...
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- Fall '06
- Rhetoric, symbolic inducement