mcmorgan + rhetoric   139

The People vs. Donald J. Trump
Extensive opinion piece comes at a kairotic moment.

> The People vs. Donald J. Trump
> He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?
kairos  politics  trump  rhetoric 
17 days ago by mcmorgan
The perennial 'The Five-Paragraph Essay Must Die' puffery
Slashdot discussions are usually pretty good, sharp, insightful. This one is the equivalent of themewriting. Uninformed, over-determined, mindless recitation of received ideas, with all options removed from the world of discussion. Posturing and posing - the trope themewriting - passing for consideration. Just as teaching the theme passes for teaching.

Read [The Plural “I” by William Coles]( ) for a considered critique of the deceit of the 5 para theme and an alternative curriculum. Out of print, so reprints are inexpensive. Or try a library. Or Scribd.
teaching  nonteaching  curriculum  themewriting  rhetoric 
28 days ago by mcmorgan
Research on speech enables secrecy
An article interesting both in methodology of Q, and in the implicit use of results: to manage administrative secrecy.
research  rhetoric  Q  bad_management 
4 weeks ago by mcmorgan
This Is All Donald Trump Has Left
A view from one step back. Trump’s in it for the lulz. We’re in it for the duration.

> The culture has been inching further and further into Trump’s gilded funhouse for years now, and you surely do not need me to tell you that it fucking sucks in there. But we are, by now, all the way in. Trump is nearly as ubiquitous in the culture as he has always believed he should be; the one deeply held belief that has been evident throughout his whole faithless disgrace of a life is people should be talking about Donald Trump more, on television, and he has just about seen that part through. All Trump wants, all he has ever wanted, is to be able to keep doing and taking and saying whatever he wants whenever he wants. He ran for president for this reason and this reason only
rhetoric  politics  trump  culture 
10 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Trump has turned a corner to explicitly endorsing violence against his political foes.
> Throughout the past two years, I’ve been struck by the Trump administration’s take on the Bill of Rights—that it means one thing for friends of the president, and something else altogether for his enemies. But what is emerging is not just a breakdown in the ideas of freedom and rights in America: It’s a further pernicious claim that exercising your rights could be met with violence from those in power.
politics  rhetoric  trump 
11 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Trump Isn’t Inciting Violence By Mistake. He Just Told Us.
He’s starting to use the military to enforce his politics against his citizens.

> Trump’s people are strong and good, and his opponents weak and bad, a classically fascist ethos.
politics  fascism  trump  fascist_rhetoric  rhetoric 
11 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Stormy Daniels, Trump, & the Lessons of Monica Lewinsky in an Age of Cruelty - The Atlantic
> The American president, once again, mocked. And the American public, once again, let him.

Who’s in the sadder state? Trump being petty and cruel, or us for letting him be.

> A woman, punished for being too sexual. A woman, mocked for her appearance. A woman, Horsefaced. What my colleague Adam Serwer observed about Trumpism was true, in its way, for a country that looked upon that woman, Miss Lewinsky, and found not tragedy, but comedy: The cruelty, then as now, was the point.
rhetoric  trump  insult 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Winter is coming: prospects for the American press under Trump - PressThink
Jay Rosen on Fear and Loathing. A solid attempt to re-define the discussion and the terms of discussion. This is what's needed - a more insightful and theory-driven press. Whether we can get there is still (11 Oct 2018) open.
journalism  trump  rhetoric 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump is unlikely to forgive the laughter of the UN | The Guardian
So many commentaries on the UN speech.

> The lead writer of the speech was reportedly Stephen Miller, now the primary bridge between the White House and the American far right. It showed. The address was a manifesto for nativism.
rhetoric  trump  politics  globalcapitalism 
september 2018 by mcmorgan
Koch Network Pushes Back on Trump's Washington | Time
Read the disclosure first, then the apologia for Koch and co.

> Disclosure: Time Inc., TIME’s parent company, was acquired by Meredith Corp. in a deal partially financed by Koch Equity Development, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc.
rhetoric  apologia  politics 
july 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump appointee guts UN document on racism, says leaders don't have duty to condemn hate speech - CNNPolitics
The problem when a fascist faces language.

"Not being able to support this kind of language is indicative of an administration that has to defend a President who has said that Mexicans are rapists, white nationalists are 'fine people,' and that Muslims shouldn't be allowed to travel to America," Berschinksi said.
trump  rhetoric  fascism 
june 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump Is Making Us All Live in His Delusional Reality Show
Resist. Live in truth.

> We live in a lie now, perpetrated from the very top, enhanced by relentless propaganda, and designed to shore up what is a cult. It is growing in strength. It is precisely now that we must manage at every moment to dispel it. And then to vote, en masse, for its extinction.
rhetoric  resistance  fascism  trump 
june 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump’s bizarre understanding of Capitalization is surprisingly Strategic - The Washington Post
Set aside the idea that it had to do with monetary capitalization.

> Initial capitals make words and ideas seem Really Important. They are to meaning-making what flag pins are to patriotism and gold-plating is to value — cheap signals of depth and quality that are somehow taken seriously by enormous numbers of people. (How seriously? There’s not one but two PolitiFact articles dedicated to discussions of Obama’s pin philosophy.) This capitalization technique is common in get-rich-quick and quack medicine books desperate to sell readers on the Truth of their claims.
rhetoric  linguistics  trump  capitalization 
may 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump Only Has One Scandal - The Atlantic
Slouching towards Bethlehem. The act of fascism gives way to grounds of fascism.

> There are not many Trump scandals. There is one Trump scandal. Singular: the corruption of the American government by the president and his associates, who are using their official power for personal and financial gain rather than for the welfare of the American people, and their attempts to shield that corruption from political consequences, public scrutiny, or legal accountability.
trump  corruption  rhetoric 
may 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump Demands an Official Investigation of Obama White House - The Atlantic
Trump found a loophole. Now he needs to find a few corrupt friends will to drive through it for him. But the story is in the interpretation of the tweet: - how the doj interprets “look into.”

> This is a nakedly corrupt attempt on the part of the president to discredit and derail an investigation of himself at the expense of a human intelligence source to whose protection the FBI and DOJ are committed. My colleague at Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic, and I fleshed out the history of this saga and warned, “Don’t underestimate this episode. It will have a long tail and big consequences—all of them terrible.”

> The idea that the president doesn’t interfere in law-enforcement investigative matters is one of our deep normative expectations of the modern presidency. But it is not a matter of law. ... The only real restraint on the president—other than his own conscience and political pressures—in dipping down into the FBI and Justice Department and directing investigations for his own personal purposes is the willingness of senior law-enforcement officials to carry out improper orders.
trump  rhetoric  hermaneutics 
may 2018 by mcmorgan
David Gergen: President Trump's attacks on media pose 'growing' threat to America - Feb. 18, 2018
> "This is what splits a country apart," he added. "In many other countries, it's been the beginnings of an authoritarian rule. And that's the larger threat hanging over us now...I find that the threat is growing."

> "We think our democracy can survive anything, but these things happen slowly and then suddenly," Pfeiffer said.
trump  fascism  rhetoric 
february 2018 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump's Words Are Reshaping American Politics - The Atlantic
> Politics is downstream from persuasion, and law is downstream from language. Trump has failed to perform the role of a diligent executive, reserving much of his day for television, personal calls, and cultural encyclicals on Twitter.
trump  politics  rhetoric 
february 2018 by mcmorgan
Trump's Dangerous Treason Accusation Against Democrats - The Atlantic
Call the opposition treasonous. Then add a military parade. What do you have?

> But (and this is important), there’s no reason a federal employee can’t criticize a sitting president.

This isn't a Sun King. This is not a joke. It's 1939.
rhetoric  trump 
february 2018 by mcmorgan
Calling the Trump Era by Its Proper Name - The Atlantic
Naming matters. Action n comes of naming.

> Or it is time to call this era flat-out a return to fascism.

> For him that is not “populism” (or the U.S. version, “economic anxiety,”) nor garden-variety corruption nor even longer-term democratic distress. Instead it is the reawakening of the force that began destroying Europe a century ago, outright fascism:

The term populism, being the preferred description for a modern-day revolt of the masses, will not provide any meaningful understanding concerning that phenomenon … The use of the term populist is only one more way to cultivate the denial that the ghost of fascism is haunting our societies again and to deny the fact that liberal democracies have turned into their opposite: mass democracies deprived of the spirit of democracy.
trump  politics  rhetoric  categorization  naming 
february 2018 by mcmorgan
The Psychological Trick Behind Trump’s Misleading Terror Statistics - POLITICO Magazine
A psychologist tries a hand at rhetorical analysis.

> People perceive risk based largely on emotion, and terrorism is unquestionably frightening.

It’s about the rhetor, not the audience, in this case. An admin that knowingly plays an audience the way the admin does is engaged in more than a trick.
politics  rhetoric  ethos  trump 
january 2018 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump Owns This Shutdown | The Nation
I love an essay loaded with goads. It simplifies analysis.
rhetoric  politics  trump 
january 2018 by mcmorgan
The fabulous new US embassy is best not tainted by a Trump visit | Oliver Wainwright | Opinion | The Guardian
Now on my must-visit list.

> Nine Elms was a shrewd choice. It was one of the only places in London where the US could dictate the evolution of a masterplan that would put its shimmering cube at the centre of a fortified arc of paranoia, its building set back behind a militarised terrain of berms, mounds and moats, and surrounded by a necklace of some of the most expensive new apartments in the city, whose developers have been eager to cash in on being part of a new high-security “diplomatic quarter”.
rhetoric  london  ekphrasis 
january 2018 by mcmorgan
'Never Trump' Will Be the Only Faction Still Standing When He's Gone - The Atlantic
Not mere decorum.

> Insofar as a voter backlash can repudiate the bigot in the White House and his choice to stoke racial and ethnic divisions for power, the country will benefit.
politics  rhetoric  trump 
december 2017 by mcmorgan
Yet more proof: Donald Trump is a fascist sympathiser | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian
It's in the language. A discourse community identifies its constituents by their language.

>He shares their worldview as easily as he shares their language and videos. He gives their voice and values the biggest platform in politics. He is a neo-fascist sympathizer in the mainstream of American politics, sitting at the heart of the West Wing and world power.
trump  rhetoric  politics 
november 2017 by mcmorgan
A blunt, fearful rant: Trump's UN speech left presidential norms in the dust | The Guardian
> With Tuesday’s address, however, Trump punched yawning holes in his own would-be doctrine, singling out enemies, expressing horror at their treatment of their people and threatening interference to the point of annihilation.
trump  rhetoric  politics  rhetorical_situation 
september 2017 by mcmorgan
Rightwing alliance plots assault to 'defund and defang' public sector unions | US news | The Guardian
Defund and defang. The right does alliteration. But the real interest is in the letter and the tribal constructions it uses.
unions  politics  unionization  rhetoric 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Hurricane Harvey Exposes Trump's Empathy Deficit - The Atlantic
A shot at the rhetorical situation, but a miss. The Atlantic does rhetorical analysis.
rhetoric  politics  rhetorical_situation 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
As Harvey Drowns Houston, Trump Struggles to Contain Himself | Vanity Fair
Who knew leadership could be so HARD! Cultural tourism can be so tedious. Especially at a distance. Look to the sequence of statements.

> Since the rain began falling, however, Trump has struggled to respond to the first natural disaster of his presidency with anything other than contrived seriousness at best, morbid fascination at worst.

> “Record setting rainfall,” Trump observed, before quickly getting in a plug for a friend’s book. “Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground,” he noted. “Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!”
rhetoric  trump  politics 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Daring Fireball: Wading Through AccuWeather’s Bullshit Response
Be aware. But be aware of the rhetorical moves of the companies that appear to grant privacy.
privacy  en3177  rhetoric 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
The Week When President Trump Resigned - The New York Times
Once more into the rhetorical situation - how Trump deals with the social demand for speech.

> On Tuesday he “relinquished what presidents from Roosevelt to Reagan have regarded as a cardinal duty of their job: set a moral course to unify the nation,” wrote The Times’s Mark Landler, in what was correctly labeled a news analysis and not an opinion column. Landler’s assessment, echoed by countless others, was as unassailable as it was haunting, and it was prompted in part by Trump’s perverse response to a question that it’s hard to imagine another president being asked: Did he place the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., on the same “moral plane” as those who showed up to push back at them?

> A soft coup against a cuckoo: It confirmed how impotent Trump had become.
trump  politics  rhetoric  rhetorical_situation 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump’s Crisis of Legitimacy | The New Yorker
> “Trump is using the precious capital of the bully pulpit to talk about confederate monuments in between savage attacks on fellow Republicans,” Holmes, the former aide to McConnell, told Politico Playbook. “Just think about that. Not tax reform. Not repeal and replace. Not North Korean nuclear capabilities. No focused critiques on extremely vulnerable Democrats who have opposed him at every possible turn.”
trump  politics  rhetoric 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump, from His Tower, Rages at “the Other Side” in Charlottesville | The New Yorker
Raging against the light. > he had reduced a moral crossroads for the country to a question of naming rights. Standing in front of reporters, Trump came across as an angry man sheltered by a building bearing his own name in big, gold letters. But for how long? Tenants in some buildings have already asked to have the “Trump” taken off. Where would it stop? Would there, perhaps, never even be a statue of Donald J. Trump?
trump  politics  rhetoric 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Why is Trump reluctant to condemn white supremacy? It’s his racism — and his megalomania. - The Washington Post
More consideration of the rhetorical situation of Trump's Many Sides statement.

> There is a reason we generally want our presidents to speak out against racism against African Americans amid outbreaks of racial strife and violence. They are well positioned to remind the nation of our founding creed, and of our most conspicuous betrayal of it — of the historically unique experience of African Americans as targets of centuries of violent subjugation, as well as sustained domestic terrorism and deeply ingrained racism, which continues today.
rhetoric  trump  rhetorical_situation 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump under fire after failing to denounce Virginia white supremacists
This account makes it clear that Trump mis-used the rhetorical moment. Didn't just miss the opportunity to condemn white supremacists but used it to normalize racism. This is not a rhetorically innocent move.

> The president said he condemned “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” on Saturday. He then repeated the phrase “on many sides” for emphasis. A White House spokesperson later amplified the president’s remarks, telling the Guardian: “The president was condemning hatred, bigotry and violence from all sources and all sides. There was violence between protesters and counter-protesters today.”

> But there was strong reaction to Trump’s refusal to denounce far-right extremists who had marched through the streets carrying flaming torches, screaming racial epithets and setting upon their opponents.
politics  rhetoric  trump  efficacy  rhetorical_situation 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Trump lit the torches of white supremacy in Charlottesville. We must extinguish them. - The Washington Post
Trump tries to take naming out of debate. The conservatives make it the center of debate - by declaring the name is not open for debate.

> But this abomination that happened in Charlottesville over the weekend is not up for debate. It’s not a cultural take or a political platform. Racism, bigotry and terrorism in the name of white nationalism isn’t a “side.” It’s a poison.
rhetoric  trump  categorization  naming 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Trump babbles in the face of tragedy
The mainstream is raising the specter of Nazism. I never thought I would tag a post with nazism.

> this is the natural result of defining authenticity as spontaneity. Trump and his people did not believe the moment worthy of rhetorical craft, worthy of serious thought. The president is confident that his lazy musings are equal to history. They are not. They are babble in the face of tragedy. They are an embarrassment and disservice to the country.


> Ultimately this was not merely the failure of rhetoric or context, but of moral judgment. The president could not bring himself initially to directly acknowledge the victims or distinguish between the instigators and the dead. He could not focus on the provocations of the side marching under a Nazi flag.

> If great words can heal and inspire, base words can corrupt. Trump has been delivering the poison of prejudice in small but increasing doses. In Charlottesville, the effect became fully evident. And the president had no intention of decisively repudiating his work.
racism  trump  politics  nazism  rhetoric 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal
Just leaving a trace of the accepted terms here.

> “These records reveal Trump’s active censorship of science in the name of his political agenda,” said Meg Townsend, open government attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.
semantics  trump  linguistics  rhetoric 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Depravity Is Downstream of Donald Trump - The Atlantic
> Andrew Breitbart himself thought Donald Trump was a con man and no conservative, but he doubtlessly would have enjoyed the showmanship and sheer disruption of Trump’s primary campaign.
trump  rhetoric  politics 
july 2017 by mcmorgan
Here and now
Bogus. How to tell: predominant use of second person. It's like using “lots of people say...” to make claims appear worthy. The straw you. There is no you there.
en3177  rhetoric  a 
july 2017 by mcmorgan
Trumpcare Collapsed Because Republicans Cannot Govern
Republican ideology doesn't admit support for health care. It's not conservatism. It's Republicanism.

> In truth, it was never possible to reconcile public standards for a humane health-care system with conservative ideology. In a pure market system, access to medical care will be unaffordable for a huge share of the public. Giving them access to quality care means mobilizing government power to redistribute resources, either through direct tax and transfers or through regulations that raise costs for the healthy and lower them for the sick. Obamacare uses both methods, and both are utterly repugnant and unacceptable to movement conservatives. That commitment to abstract anti-government dogma, without any concern for the practical impact, is the quality that makes the Republican Party unlike right-of-center governing parties in any other democracy. In no other country would a conservative party develop a plan for health care that every major industry stakeholder calls completely unworkable.

> The power to destroy remains within the Republican Party’s capacity. The power to translate its ideological principles into practical government is utterly beyond its reach.
rhetoric  politics  ideology 
july 2017 by mcmorgan
Trump 2020 Is No Joke -
> Trumpism is a form of collective gaslighting at Twitter speed. It is founded on the principle that velocity trumps veracity.

> All of this is serious. But it’s not as serious as the seeping, constant attempt — one sacred value at a time — to disorient Americans to the point they accept the unacceptable, cede to the grotesque, acquiesce to total arbitrariness as a governing principle. On one side the Constitution; on the other the rabbit hole that leads to the Trump International Hotel.
trump  politics  rhetoric 
june 2017 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump Poisons the World - With toxic positioning
Trump's "cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage" makes the global community a global hallucination. Asserts the only position is his. Closes debate. Explains his spectacle. Illustrates how politics differs from business. Assigns us each our role.
trump  rhetoric  politics  globalcapitalism 
june 2017 by mcmorgan
No, wealth isn’t created at the top. It is merely devoured there | Rutger Bregman | Opinion | The Guardian
We won't mention names. That would be indelicate. Rentiers require a low profile. "growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue.... The fact of the matter is that feudalism has been democratised. To a lesser or greater extent, we are all depending on handouts. En masse, we have been made complicit in this exploitation by the rentier elite, resulting in a political covenant between the rich rent-seekers and the homeowners and retirees."
utopia  socialpractices  socialism  argument  rhetoric 
may 2017 by mcmorgan
Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers
What? Be skeptical? Another country heard from.

"Facebook's list reflects the prudishness of the American news media it is now trying to please, where reporters take a vow of holy objectivity."

"Fundamentally ... Facebook, and Silicon Valley, doesn't want to hold a mirror to itself and its role in the clickbait content economy, which is the only economic model it wants to pursue."
rhetoric  facebook 
may 2017 by mcmorgan
Predicting Financial Crime: Augmenting the Predictive Policing Arsenal Brian Clifton1, Sam Lavigne1, and Francis Tseng1
It's about time: crime predicition algorithms used to map $$ crime. This is the paper behind the app behind the scenes. I feel safe now. I feel as safe as houses. How do you feel?
ethics  art  rhetoric  algorithms 
april 2017 by mcmorgan
100 days of gibberish – Trump has weaponised nonsense
> Without language, there is no accountability, no standard of truth. If Trump never says anything concrete, he never has to do anything concrete. If Trump never makes a statement of commitment, Trump supporters never have to confront what they really voted for. If his promises are vague to the point of opacity, Trump cannot be criticised for breaking them.
politics  rhetoric  trump 
april 2017 by mcmorgan
Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools? - The New York Times
> Trump’s playbook should be familiar to any student of critical theory and philosophy. It often feels like Trump has stolen our ideas and weaponized them.

They always were weapons. Derrida, Foucault, Latour weigh in at the Weapons Exchange
critical_thinking  politics  rhetoric 
april 2017 by mcmorgan
Free Speech Is Not an Academic Value - Chronicle - Stanley Fish
Accurate speech is, free inquiry is, but free speech is an extracurricular value. The responsibility falls to the administrators:

>My advice to administrators: Stop thinking of yourselves as in-house philosophers or free-speech champions or dispensers of moral wisdom, and accept your responsibility as managers of crowd-control, an art with its own history and analytical tools, and one that you had better learn and learn quickly.
rhetoric  academia  academic_speech 
march 2017 by mcmorgan
Trump’s Comey tweet was one of his most terrifying lies yet.
My parents let me watch the Cuban Missile Crisis unfold on The News at 6:00 and 10:00 pm. I watched the Watergate investigation live on network tv all summer. I watched the news reports with death tolls from Viet Nam every evening. I even saw Oswald shot live on a b&w tv. This is scarier because it is Trump going nihilist.

> It’s difficult to describe the feeling of seeing the president of the United States lie, in the moment, about ongoing events and testimony.
> ...

>This, in the end, is what’s so disturbing about his Monday afternoon tweet. It’s another sign of Trump’s basic contempt for the idea of an independent, observable reality that stands as a baseline for his actions. That reality is how you hold politicians accountable; it’s why the press is vital to a free and healthy democracy. But Trump sees no advantage in accountability, no reason to honor the truth or even gesture toward its existence. Both he and his White House have made a conscious decision to destabilize public discourse, to fracture and undermine common understanding. President Trump isn’t just lying to the American people; he’s saying, almost openly, that the truth just doesn’t matter either way.
rhetoric  trump 
march 2017 by mcmorgan
Trump Embraces One Of Russia's Favorite Propaganda Tactics — Whataboutism : NPR
Rhetoric is *always* about policy.

> But whataboutism extends beyond rhetoric, said Dmitry Dubrovsky, a professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. "It's not only a narrative practice; it's real policy," he said. "For example, the Russians installed a special institute to cover the violation of human rights in the United States."
epistemology  politics  rhetoric  trump 
march 2017 by mcmorgan
Trump’s Speech to Congress Was Not “Normal” - The New Yorker
> Yet these were superficialities. On closer inspection, Tuesday’s speech was not that normal at all—at least, not in light of what the President and his aides have spent the past few weeks doing and saying. Trump’s sudden distaste for “the wedge of disunity”—a wedge he has used with such abandon that he could just as well brand it, gild it, and have his sons sell it—was so obviously at odds with his public persona that it provoked, on the Democratic side of the aisle, bitter laughter. But the starkest contradiction the speech contained was the one between the President, who promised “a new program of national rebuilding,” and the words of his senior adviser, Stephen Bannon, who announced, only five days earlier, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington, that the Administration had begun a project of “deconstruction.” So which is it: Is the federal government in the construction business, as Trump insists, or the deconstruction business, as Bannon has put it? Can it possibly be in both?
march 2017 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump and the Enemies of the American People - The New Yorker
How to define the enemy as anyone who challenges power

> an old-fashioned autocrat wielding a very familiar rhetorical strategy.

> all follow a general pattern. They attack and threaten the press with deliberate and ominous intensity; the press, in turn, adopts a more oppositional tone and role. “And then that paves the way for the autocrat’s next move,” Simon told me. “Popular support for the media dwindles and the leader starts instituting restrictions. It’s an old strategy.” Simon pointed to Trump’s lack of originality, recalling that both Néstor Kirchner, of Argentina, and Tabaré Ramón Vázquez, of Uruguay, referred to the press as the “unelected political opposition.” And, as Simon has written, it was the late Hugo Chávez who first mastered Twitter as a way of bypassing the media and providing his supporters with alternative facts.
trump  politics  rhetoric 
february 2017 by mcmorgan
Donald Trump Will Leave You Numb - The New York Times
I can't recall the rhetorical figure of "repeat until exhausted." Too tired. But this is also about kairos: "Not by accident did he put on that 77-minute performance for the media — hurling insults, flinging lies, marinating in self-pity, luxuriating in self-love — just three days after the resignation of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and amid intensifying questions about collusion between Team Trump and the Russians.
"He was cluttering the landscape. Overwhelming the senses. Betting that a surfeit of clangorous music would obscure any particularly galling note. That wager got him all the way to the White House, though he has no place being there, and so he sticks with it. The news conference was a case study in such orchestrated chaos."
rhetoric  rhetorical_velocity  kairos  exhaustion  simuations  analysis 
february 2017 by mcmorgan
Trump’s America, where even park employees have become enemies of the state | Sarah Kendzior | Opinion | The Guardian
A consideration of Trump's alternative facts and their rhetorical use. They make any poster of facts an involuntary dissident.

> What Americans have learned is that our system of checks and balances is so weak that even parks employees can become enemies of the state. They are learning their rights as they lose them, grieving for what they once took for granted. Fear is matched by incredulity that hundreds of years of imperfect democracy could cede into autocracy with such ease. Trump’s win was followed by debate over what it means to live in a “post-facts” world. This was a fatuous debate: if facts did not matter, then Trump and his team, whose threats of punishment and litigation long preceded his official lock on power, would not work so hard to suppress them. The idea of a fact always mattered – it simply had to be the Trump administration’s facts that counted. Trump’s adviser, Kellyanne Conway, made this blatant last weekend when she stated that the administration would proffer “alternative facts” that justified its political aims.

> America has become a country of involuntary dissidents, where those who seek to stay employed respond to illusions with allusions. (“If you’re part of a group that’s paid to applaud, you’re a ‘claqueur’,” Merriam-Webster dictionary slyly tweeted after Trump’s CIA visit, which allegedly included an entourage who clapped on command.) The media are “the opposition” and should “keep its mouth shut”, according to Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon. But in a digital age, where it is increasingly hard to classify who counts as “the media”, anyone who seeks to inform the public is potentially under attack.
rhetoric  trump  politics 
january 2017 by mcmorgan
Language Log » Gertrude Trump
There is Trump is channeling Gertrude Stein in his prose but there is no there there.
erhetoric  rhetoric  modernism 
june 2016 by mcmorgan
Should Academics Talk to Katie Couric? - The Chronicle
Once more into the breech of consumption. Don't make me think! "Academic writing has the benefit of scholarly rigor, full documentation, and original thinking. But the transmission of our ideas is routinely hampered — understandably, given academe’s publication, evaluation, and tenure conditions — by a great deal of peer-oriented jargon."
rhetoric  academicwriting  scholarship2.0 
march 2016 by mcmorgan
Silicon Valley Innovation: Stanford Law Student Crowdsources Her Graduation Speech – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Not all that innovative, as commencement speeches tend to be formulaic anyway, and hardly inclusive with only 85 self-selected contributors. it does widen the available means of persuasion, a little. but it perhaps it's a choir preaching to a choir. I used to create a similar effect by grabbing lines of commonplaces from student themes to create an ur-theme that impressed a lot but said little.
rhetoric  hype 
may 2015 by mcmorgan
Adblockers are immoral
No, they aren't. Ad hominem takes on a new meaning. Really, this is your best argument? A good reminder to reinstall that ad blocker you were thinking about.
advertising  rhetoric  ad_hominem 
may 2015 by mcmorgan
Audience Invoked vs Audience Addressed in Pinker's The Sense of Style | David Durian
"Ultimately, it seems the case that, although the text does have mismatch issues between audience invoked and audience imagined, it has still proven to be a successful text, none the less. In terms of its status as "popular linguistics" text, it actually appears to conform pretty strongly to the genre conventions of that genre, at least, if earlier works such as Pinker's The Language Instinct and Tannen's You Just Don't Understand are used as a gauge for success. "
rhetoric  stylebook  review  linguistics 
may 2015 by mcmorgan
The Conference Manifesto -
Making the pre-conference season rounds in my neighborhood.
conference  rhetoric  rhetorical_velocity 
may 2015 by mcmorgan
Stereotropes - tropes
The penchant for cleverness limits its value, but it's a start.
rhetoric  dh 
april 2015 by mcmorgan
Fedwiki as a mockup prototype
Looks at FedWiki as a "mockup" prototype of Ward's next vision. Where as WikiWiki is a means for many to work on one piece of content (convergence) stored in one server, what if the similar mechanisms were in a place where we each manage our own small wiki, but through a network means, we can share and have it federated with collaborators.
fedwiki  rhetoric  chorusofvoices 
april 2015 by mcmorgan
A Season in the #fedwiki | Spoke & Hub
What does that title mean, you ask? During the Teaching Machines Happening, I learned many things that surprised me, and on this post, I’d like to write about two of them–teaching and…
fedwiki  rhetoric 
april 2015 by mcmorgan
Startup Board Decks: Free Templates from VCs | NextView Venture
how one VC defines the rhet sit for entrepreneurs. it's socilizaion, not education. On, let's be frank: it's a Trojan horse, a way of trying to control the agenda.
rhetoric  erhetoric  business  venture_capltalism 
august 2014 by mcmorgan
Bogost - The Rhetoric of Video Games
Central reading for an erhet project of procedural rhetoric
dh  procedural_rhetoric  e-rhet  rhetoric 
august 2014 by mcmorgan
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