Week Seven: Rhetoric, the Time-tested Explanation of Influence

Weekly Application Worksheet

This week’s application will help you use Bitzer’s idea of “the Rhetorical Situation” to plan your Short Analysis Paper (Due Wednesday, November 4th, at 11:59pm)

Please answer the following questions with clarity and brevity—but offer a sketch the “message” you will analyze in your Short Analysis Paper. Please type your answers and submit this form in the gradebook link.

  1. What message will you analyze?
  • What medium presents the “message” that you are analyzing? (Is it a speech? Or is it a song? A video? A still photograph? What kind of “message” will you analyze?)
  • What is the “exigence” for this message?
  • Who is the audience for this message? What makes them good and qualified to receive and act on this message?
  • What are some of the constraints that this messenger and the audience face in this rhetorical situation?
  • What are some of the influencer techniques at work (and at play) in this message?

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