Archive for January, 2012

Guerilla Girls

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Guerrilla Girls used rhetoric in creative and effective ways. Prior to reading Anne Demo’s article I had never heard of the Guerrilla Girls. After reading the article I think they should be used as examples much more often when an example is needed for the use of rhetoric or of changing people’s views.

A key I saw to their effectiveness was the passion for their cause. While this may not seem like a big deal, I think passion drove them to come up with effective plans to change people’s opinions on art made by women. The posters and accompanying mottos created by the Guerrilla Girls are a particularly effective form of rhetoric. The juxtaposition is very clever to get the mind thinking. The goal of their juxtaposition usage is clear, but confuses the viewer’s mind to get to achieve their goal. That approach is nearly the definition of juxtaposition. Causing the conflict in the viewer’s thoughts is much more effective than a simple informational flier or poster because more attention. If I were to see a poster with boring text just to read, I would just move on. This approach to rhetoric seems effective because it is memorable after thinking about it.

The poster shown here is extremely interesting to me. The poster uses statistics to give more credibility to the argument. But statistics are not the most important part of the effectiveness of the poster to me; the most effective part is the topic. The topic is something possibly controversial or at the least anything but bland.Image

Image from: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/about/GuerrillaGirls.JPG

The Guerrilla Girls are a great example of a group using rhetorical tactics effectively and deserve a close look to study how they work so well for their cause.

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Intro to Rhetoric

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

The start of English 1102 at Georgia Tech has already been informative and interesting. I have never spent a significant amount of time on the idea of rhetoric. As a matter of fact, I was not completely sure what rhetoric was going into the first day of class. In just a week I have already learned what rhetoric is and more about rhetorical situations. Without fully knowing what rhetoric is a week ago, I have certainly not thought about individual components of a rhetorical situation before. I find rhetorical exigence to be a particularly interesting requirement for a rhetorical situation. Since an exigence can exist without being rhetorical, deciding what exigencies are and are not rhetorical can be a fun mind exercise. I find turning a situation into a rhetorical situation much easier than thinking of an exigence which is not rhetorical. One example of an exigence that is not rhetorical is being outside in a field when the weather turns rainy or otherwise undesirable. Speaking or any rhetoric will not fix the problem in any time table. Another reason being in the rain is not rhetorical is no rhetorical audience exists here. Even if other people are in the field, they cannot help fix the problem. Thinking of other examples with no way to be turned through some thought into a rhetorical situation is difficult. In most cases where a problem exists, communicating with someone could possibly help somehow. Looking at communication in terms of rhetorical exigence and situation reveals how deep communication is and how much goes into a simple situation. More exists than just asking for a burger. There is a problem, an audience capable of helping and constraints on what can be asked for.