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Com 300 1.26 - Com 300 1.26.10 Left off Last Class A The...

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Com 300 1.26.10 Left off Last Class: A. The Humanist a. Tradition is Primarily Critical a.i. But… when you are critical of society there is a belief that humanity can improve through research b. The Humanist Tradition is Not Scientific b.i. We are rational choice making people so we cannot generalize human behavior b.i.1. We are all very unique and you have to look at individual situations. Notes: c. Early focus on Speeches c.i. Neo-Aristotelian c.i.1. New era of Aristotle followers c.i.1.a. Thought they could take the style of Aristotle and advance it in the aspect that they were academics who could make rhetorical theories c.i.2. Criticism c.i.2.a. Too much focus on effectiveness c.i.2.a.i. Meaning: should we ignore people who have something powerful to say but for some reason cannot mobilize others in great numbers? c.i.2.a.ii. We are more than a department of speech, we are a department of academics c.i.2.a.iii. They only looked at leaders c.i.2.a.iii.1.Why don’t we look at people who are leaders but where they aren’t traditionally looked at c.i.2.a.iii.1.a. Grassroots- college leaders I. Humanistic Research Categories A. Argumentation B. Hermeneutics a. Analyze (complex) messages/texts to uncover meaning i. Example: The Bible is studied in Hermeneutics 1. What is the Bible trying to communicate? What is it actually saying C. Dramatism a. How a speaker connects to an audience i. Like an actor would connect to an audience. (We will eventually study how Martin Luther king used this to connect and mobilize his audience
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ii. Create a shared meaning or experience D. Critical Theory a. Identifying problems of society as demonstrated in communication b. Identifying how problems arose as a result of communication i. How someone rises to power who possibly does not have the audience’s best interest at heart 1. Example: Hitler and the German people
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