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September 29, 2008 English notes Engagements with Rhetoric Page 51-79 Analyzing Texts 1) Words and images try to persuade us to think about the world in certain ways. a. Combine to move us, convince us to buy something, shape our opinions, or just make us laugh. a.i. Requires us to pay attention and to think critically and analytically about all the texts we encounter every day. 2) Visual texts – political cartoons and comics you might find on your favorite Weblog or in the campus newspaper. a. Nick Anderson’s cartoon conveys a powerful message about how steroid use has damaged the relationship between young fans and their baseball- star role models. a.i. We can understand how it works by asking questions about its argument, audience, and author. a.i.1. Rhetorical – aim at persuading specific audiences through the careful choices made by the writer in composing the text. 3) Understanding texts rhetorically a. Ask questions about how the text conveys a persuasive message or ARGUMENT. b. How does the text address a specific audience? c. How does the writer operate within a specific context or rhetorical situation? c.i. Once you see how texts try to shape your mind about the world, then you can decide whether or not to agree with the many messages you encounter on a regular basis. 4)
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