Wk 4 DQ2 - prejudicial and nonprejudicial use of rhetorical...

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Discussion Question #2 CRT/205 Week 4 Assignment According to Moore and Parker (2007), “Even definitions by example can slant a discussion if the examples are prejudicially chosen…If one wants to see all sides of an issue, one must avoid definitions and examples that slant a discussion” (p. 121). This rule also applies to the use of rhetorical explanations. Consider the following prejudicial rhetorical devices: (a) SUVs are apartment homes on wheels (a rhetorical definition), and (b) said by a student who is new to honors classes and struggling with them: “I would have aced that test if I weren’t in a class full of brainiacs. They studied too much and ruined the curve!” (a rhetorical explanation) Post your response to the following: How might a person distinguish between the
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Unformatted text preview: prejudicial and nonprejudicial use of rhetorical devices? Provide an example of each and comment on the examples posted by your classmates. Answer (a) This rhetorical definition is nonprejudicial. The way a person can determine that is by whether or not this statement would cause an offense to anyone who owned an SUV or to an SUV manufacturer or the likewise. It also is determined by non-specific blame. An SUV did not do something wrong by being rhetorically referred to as an apartment home on wheels. (b)This rhetorical explanation is prejudicial. The explanation contains bias, involves a stereotype, and causes blame at the same time. Even if only ones of these were involved, it would still cause the explanation to be determined as prejudicial....
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