Links to rhetorical tools:

Here are links to the rhetorical tools used in this class:

Schemes & Tropes -- Perelman & Olbrechts-Tyteca -- Fallacies

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Primary Resources for Black Power analysis

Malcolm X one of the leaders of the well known black panther party meeting Martin Luther King Jr. who was one of the pivotal leader of the civil rights movement. Could they have been organizing something great?
A black panther soldier standing near a sign that say "Black Panther Party For Self Defense."  He is offering his help to all the black who are being attacked by whites and the KKK>


During the October 16, 1968 awards ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics, U.S. gold and bronze medalists John Carlos and Tommie Smith raise their arms and fists in a Black Power salute. A Black man showing his true nature where he supports his race by holding up a fist showing his black power. Maybe to put fear in the white men hearts to express their racial pride.





















Five African American armed with guns showing that if the white man doesn't defend them then they will arm themselves. They saw that peaceful protest do not always works so they use  violence and fear to get their way. Though in their eyes they are just doing self-defense.

Urban Knitting




Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Piquetero movement- Burke

The Piquetero movement has Burke used in it due to the fact that it takes a series of movements for this to work. In class we discussed about the missing children in Argentina and how Argentina's government has always been struggling. Well, the Piquetero movement has demonstrated that the lack of jobs especially for women has been a problem. Back then, girls couldn't even attend high school, much less school in general for that matter. With that being said, the movement had toto take certain steps in order to have its success.

"The Piquetero Movement is now a combination of groups and organizations that essentially manage the unemployment subsidies provided by the State and occasionally carry out joint street mobilizations. Nevertheless, this collection of organizations had an undeniable presence in the streets of Argentina during the latter 90s on up to 2004, and their methods of struggle were taken up as an example by other social sectors, lending higher visibility to their protests. At the present time, for example, people in one Argentine border town use pickets and highway blockades to stop the flow of tourists and merchandize to and from neighboring Uruguay in protest against the installation of a highly polluting factory on the opposite bank of the Uruguay River.1 Teachers, government workers, oil workers and members of the student movement habitually arrive to demonstrate at the blockades"

Gay Rights Movement - Toolbox

Obviously, Burke works for the Gay Rights Movement analysis. The movement itself starts with one piece, then snowballs into something much larger by the end of it all. this is most evident with the fact that even though gay marriage is now legal, the movement is till working hard to fight back against nay-sayers and doubters of their humanity. This is shown with the picture that I shared in the previous blog post about the group of gay rights activists also marching for Black Rights.

The continuation of the marching shows that their work with society is nowhere near over. In addition, gay rights activists have also been the ones to transgress borders between different movements. This has become obvious with the fact that several gay rights groups have also been seen supporting minority rights and womens' rights.

*Was trying to implement screenshots into this, but the document was protected from taking screenshots of it*

Soul force and American Queerer



Soulforce’s main goal is to “turn this world upside down and inside out in the name of justice and equity for folks across all marginalized racial, sexual, and gender identities” and because of this the movement fits into Claire Sisco King’s Queer Feminist critiques. King analyzes Norman Rockwell’s works in a way that provides an understanding of “gender identity and potentially oppressive gender norms”. Soulforce sees these oppressive forces at work in Christianity and is trying to change the way Christians view those who identify as LGBTQ. Conservative Christians view LGBTQ people as being bad or sinful and so one of this movement’s main focuses is changing this belief. King analyzes Rockwell’s work “Girl at Mirror” as a piece that provides a commentary on gender as a social construct and that femininity in particular is subjugated to social expectations. Soulforce’s movement addresses these ideas that Rockwell’s work espoused to their Christian audience and hopes to change their conservative opinions on the idea of gender and sexuality.

Cyborg Theory and the Arab Spring

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The ever-changing relationship between technology and humanity, and where the two become indistinguishable is what defines  the nature of  Donna J. Haraway's cyborg theory. A contemporary application of cyborg theory can be no clearer than in the Arab Spring protest movement. The Arab Spring movement was at the intersection of technological and classic protest.  Haraway writes "cyborg politics is the struggle for language and the struggle against perfect communication, against the one code that translates all meaning perfectly, the central dogma of phallogocentrism." the Arab Spring movement subverted the classical forms of communication through centralized media and public meeting places and used technology as the vehicle of communication. Haraway also saw cyborg theory as a way to transcend categories from class to gender through the medium of technology. This was demonstrated by the Arab Spring movement by giving a voice to individuals regardless of class. It also showed how insignificant  distinctions of class and gender can be by allotting and anatomy identity online, whereby an individual only identifiable by a twitter egg and a username of their choosing can have power in politics.

Take ur toolbox to the rally of sanity and/ or fear bc nothing makes sense


11:06 A.M.Stelter: Seven Hours From Charlotte
Rachel Knight, 20, drove seven hours from Charlotte, N.C., to Washington with her boyfriend, Jasper Spurlock, 22, on Friday. She said they watch Mr. Stewart’s program, “The Daily Show,” and Mr. Colbert’s, “The Colbert Report,” on a regular basis, and that they expected the rally to be an in-person version of the shows — “political satire sprinkled with honesty.”
11:14 A.M.

   Stelter: Reaching Young Voters
Even though this rally is being put on by Comedy Central, a comedy channel known for, as Jon Stewart famously once said, “puppets making crank phone calls,” it has a serious purpose, some of the people in the crowd say.
Given the youthful reputation of Mr. Stewart and Mr. Colbert’s audience, Heather Smith, the executive director of Rock the Vote, said the rally is an “unprecedented opportunity” to talk to young voters right before Election Day.
“It’s essentially the largest P.S.A. targeting young Americans for voting in a midterm election in history,” she said, noting that some people who can’t make it to Washington will be watching at home or attending satellite rallies in cities across the country. One of the largest satellite rallies, in Austin, Tex., had 5,000 RSVP’s, she said. Also, as Michael Shear reported this morning, the Democratic National Committee is doing everything it can to capitalize on the event.
For some political activists, the rally was a distraction on the final weekend before the midterms. There were worries that the rally would draw away people that would otherwise be canvassing neighborhoods and knocking on doors for Democratic candidates. But Organizing for America, President Obama’s political organization, sought to make the most of the rally by encouraging attendees to work at a phone bank in Washington afterward”


With these two entries from the live blogging that was happening during the Rally for Sanity and/or Fear, I think it is best to draw the similarities with Delgado/Mcgee and Ideographs. In that section of the toolbox there is a lot of mention of the younger “college” aged people and it seemed that there were those younger generations populating the Rally for Sanity and/ or Fear. It also mentions “…the emergence of student and intellectual activists central to the Chicano movement…”, which makes me think of how some people believe that this Rally was a way to distract people right before midterms. A lot of what went on at the Rally was just off the wall and bat shit crazy. It was a lot of people with the same ideologies pretending to fit in with each other.