A Brief Definition of Rhetoric

Today was Jim Corder day in my Digital Citizenship/Expository Writing classes. I use the Corder piece to provide a substantial definition for rhetoric--since I study one of the few things in a University that people rarely recognize. If you study biomedical chemistry, people likely have no idea what you do, but they know what you do. Rhetoric, however, is often a mystery.

Anywho, here's my brief definition(s):

  • How humans create/digest/circulate meanings
  • How to get others to listen to your meaning
  • persuasion, conflict, argument, change, identity, cohesion

Notice the shift from plural to singular.

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