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04+Criticism - Criticism Ron Sandwina Ph.D Communication...

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Criticism  Ron Sandwina, Ph.D. Communication Studies Department IUPUI
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Criticism Defined…. n Criticism is the humanistic process of systematically evaluating and illuminating products of human symbolic activity. q Humanistic: Unlike empirical (scientific or social- scientific) approaches, humanistic research answers questions of value and does not rely on objectivism.
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Criticism Defined (continued) q Systematic: Criticism is not haphazard or random. q Evaluating and Illuminating: Criticism goes beyond mere nay saying, seeking to develop greater understanding. q Products of Human Symbolic Activity: Speeches, films, events, music videos, television shows, and so on.
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Rhetorical Criticism n What is Rhetoric? q Rhetoric means the action performed when they use symbols for the purpose of communicating with each other” (Foss, 1996. p. 4, original emphasis). n Action: Conscious, willful, purposeful choices and activities. n Symbolic Action: Rhetoric is concerned only with symbols. n Human Action: Rhetoric is concerned with what humans say and do and create. n Rhetoric has many functions, including q Persuasive q Self-discovery or self-knowledge
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What is Rhetorical Criticism? q
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