I got a pocket, got a pocket full of…?

The conversation of “is google making people stupid” is often looked at with a lot of biased. When I think of google, I think of opportunities to become self-taught in a multitude of areas. Yesterday we touched on gen-ed classes and how at the end of the day students take the classes to become a more well rounded person—and this could start another conversation about those that do not have the privilege of attending university—but youtube presents the opportunity for those to learn things that actually interest you. Thanks to google a person can become an artist (Bob Ross) and learn to play an instrument, learn how to cook, learn how to take better care of yourself and can become a better you. You can learn how to take better care of your hair, skin, nails; how to eat healthier and exercise. Google, when used to its full potential, can be life changing and per with the current educational system. I think that people often time use google so we don’t have to remember the small stuff. Someone yesterday brought up the fact that they use google look up a telephone number or small info and thats what its used for more frequently than the transformative powers that it have. Google has the potential to change a person entire life and outlook so, is google making us stupid? Absolutely not.


Switch dat code, girl! : A commentary on code switching

We use code switching each and everyday, especially in the African American community and other minority groups. Code switching is the  the practice of alternating between two or more languages or varieties of language in conversation. AAVE is essentially another language. Often those who speak another language code switch as well. To be a successful code switcher you have to know the rhetorical situation – audience, purpose, content. Its the difference between speaking to your friends and family than speaking to your boss or coworkers. Its how you talk in different social situations and what you’re trying to say. How is code switching rhetorically significant?  Well rhetoric is often described as the rhetoric of persuasion, code switching is used and code switching, when done properly, will emphasize a certain part of an argument which can make the argument more persuasive.

Maya angelou is a great rhetorician and noticeable uses code switching often in her writing to make for a more persuasive argument and to emphasize a point in her invitation writing pieces. As well as isabelle allende and several other writers who use code switching rhetorically.

An open invitation

Invitational rhetoric is essentially described as is an invitation to understanding as a means to create a relationship rooted in equality, immanent value, and self—determination. Invitational rhetoric constitutes an invitation to the audience to enter the rhetor’s world and to see it as the rhetor does. When thinking about the fact that women have been inventors of invitational rhetoric, it makes sense. As long as there is inequality of the sexes, women will continue to use invitational rhetoric to invite the audience into the rhetor’s world and to create a relationship rooted in equality. Great women rhetor’s of today— Maya angelou, Issabelle allende, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama,  to name a few— still use invitational rhetoric (despite perhaps stating otherwise, in class.) Often times this rhetoric is looked upon as passive, but too till associate women with passiveness in 2017 in rhetorically retarded because now we can —and do— say as we please. But the use of the rhetoric serves a purpose and thats for the audience to see this problem/situation as I do. This rhetoric, although started by women, has been used by men as well to talk about the plight of a people —Martin Luther King, Junot Diaz— and will continue to be used as long as their in inequality.

Rhetoric and persuasion

In the text, Herrick states that the purpose of rhetoric is persuasion and to this I must argue. Persuasion is an element of rhetoric, along with clarity, arguments, appeals and arrangements. But, persuasion  relies on rhetoric in order to be successfully persuasive. Instead of rhetoric seeking persuasion it should be persuasion that seeks, and uses rhetoric. Rhetorical often does seek to influence an audience to accept and idea and perhaps act —as stated by Herrick— but this is not always the case and, therefore, rhetoric doesn’t need to be persuasive all the time.