Links to rhetorical tools:

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

Monday, March 30, 2015

Neoclassicism vs Impressionism

This excerpt is from Manet and  The French Impressionists. This is an example of post impressionism in painting.  I will compare this text with the critiques from the Salon of 1765 which I will use as my pre-neoclassicism text.  Burke would say that the clusters of words in both of these texts reveal the language of the time in art and in society.  Neoclassicism focused on a revival of Roman and Greek art, with a focus on somber colors with no evidence of brushstrokes. Neoclassicism reflects a simple and classic style coinciding with the Age of Enlightenment and the American and French Revolution with texts revealing a more epic frame of acceptance.  Impressionism on the other hand was a rejection against the traditional way of creating and looking at art.  Impressionism sought to capture optical lighting and the impression of the lifestyle of the time captured through thick evident brushstrokes and brighter colors. I think the Impressionistic text reveals a more comic frame of rejecting against the old traditions of art, and accepting the flaws of the old system while it creates a new perspective for creating art and reflecting more everyday moments in history.  I think the bureaucracy of the art world was very formal and traditional with Neoclassicism and transitioned into a less formal and more open to interpretation bureaucracy which changed what was deemed acceptable in art for years to follow.  The rituals and piety of the art community of the more traditional Neoclassical  bureaucracy were transformed t in the Impressionist's text through language about the art along with the art itself. I think that perspectives of incongruity are displayed in the Impressionist's text and reveal a sort of rebellion against the old language and culture of the Neoclassic Era.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Boston Tea Party- Emily Solis


Source & Quote

Frames- Acceptance (Epic)
Declaration of Independence
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES 
America wants to stay as it is, as one true nation, with states within in. It does not wish to make each state an entirely separate nation independent of the others.
Frames- Rejection (Epic)
Declaration of Independence
that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved

U.S. Constitution

Article I, Sec. 10
Article 1 Sec. 9
The United States used the Constitution as its final step in independence, by implying that not only is it free of British rule (Dec. of Indep.), but that it wants to be ratically different from Britain, and uses the articles of the Constitution to make those differences clear and permanent. (ex. no nobility, no undue taxes)
Casuistic Stretching
Art. IV Sec. III of U.S. Constitution
Section. 3.
New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
States that are pre-existing will not change, but new states will be allowed to be added.
Piety to the Norm
Declaration of Independence
“…and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
The United States just wanted to become a nation accepted and powerful like every other nation

Greg Nelson - Burke Date Page

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Napster and why stealing is ok


Picture 1

In this first picture we get that how napster was used and what exactly it is related to. We also learned that thanks to napster other forms of torrenting were brought about (which is and isn't bad)

This leaves a large gap for things to be negatively broadcasted on it however it can also be positivly reinforced with the mind set that it is a shared community

This idea here is more of showing that laws have broken down our aspects and means of sharing, it may hurt some but it takes away something that was free and at "public domain"

Gonzo Journalism - Burke Analysis - Arthur Munoz

Sarah Neill economics

Ja’lycia Meredith

Burke Analysis
In this article, Andreas Deja is being interviewed about his how Disney animation has changed from the “Renaissance” era (the 1990s) to now. He explained the process of designing various heroes and villains for various Disney movies.
Casuistic Stretching- This is basically keeping old principles while adding new ones. Deja and other numerous Disney animators execute their animation mostly how Walt use to animate, but they have also created new ways to animate. Ways that make animation easier, while still staying true to the heart of Disney
This article was very extensive in the fact that it explained the journey of the conception and production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It explained how Walt Disney got his inspiration from childhood and how it carried over into his adulthood, only to create some of the most beloved characters of all time.
Comic Correctives- With this term, the person should become an observer of themselves, while acting. This matches this scenario because Disney observed himself and what was around him in order in order to create the cartoons he made. He had to employ acting in order to effectively convey the personalities of his different Disney characters

Burke- Breanna Reyes

Naziism, Past and Future

Hitler is telling from his point of view he is saying how this is producing a better breed of humans. He quotes “Germans should not second rate people.”  He wanted to make sure that this revolution turned into a evolution.  He said that the League of nations needs to be about action and not about speeches. They have had they chance to act and they are not taking it.
Emergent Collective- this is saying that they want the audience to be in the author’s frame of acceptance, which to me sounds like what Hitler, is trying to achieve. He wants everyone to think that he is not a bad person but rather helping the world cleanse itself.  He wants to know that he can depend on people to follow him on his path.
Emotional overtones- he wanted the League to take  action but it was the way he said so.

Burke Silent Films and Talking Films Samantha Lopez

Film Critics Websites:
My main switch out of the talking film and the silent film was because The Warner Brothers wanted to make their movies more popular and one brother suggested giving the film sounds because he loved to listen to radio. However, when the first film came out was the “the sound of life” and maybe that is why there is “The Sound of Music.” However, through all this Burke analysis and his thought made it seem like all the changes were the purpose of people wanted the actors to come to life and make it more realistic in the people’s lives.

Talking Films

Emergent collectivision
“Without improvement, people will tire of talkers. Talking is no substitute for the good acting we had in silent pictures.”                                                             

The purpose for this is giving the thoughts about a future look at what films might be.
“After deliberating six days and six nights for a new type of picture, the producers of a big company decided to make a war story.”
The purpose of this metaphor is making it emotional and really meant it for the plot.
“Instead of finding motion picture start engaged in the carousals they are crediting with, I found time living sane and normal lives, so they may be fit to excel in their work. In fact, I doubt if men and women in any other profession gives so much thought to the way daily living affects their productive value.”
The purpose of this cluster is having all the motion picture and the lives of men and women together.
Silent Films

“There is nothing at the moment indicative of a better relationship existing between the exhibitor branch of the trade and the distribution and production end.”
This silent review show how it changes because of the relationship of hwo the production changes through emotions
Emergent Collectivision
“This results is a splendid response to the appeal of the press and the citizens and Massachusetts against this undue political aggression, but just as certainly is it a challenge to the motion picture industry to work out successfully its own program for its own betterment, and that responsibility is accepted by the industry and will be discharged.”
This is the response to how the audience feels towards what people want out of life and making it real for the audiences.

Missouri compromise

Burke Transition - Nerds & RPGs - One Page Data Blog Post

Role-playing games are games in which players choose different, varying roles for themselves to play, as well as scenarios to play them in. Not to be confused with historical re-enactments, RPGs are usually played with pen and paper and almost always based on fantasy. It is my thesis that the development of RPGs across time is evidence that can be used to support the notion that nerd culture and its transition over time has been, at least indirectly, dictated by bureaucracy. That is to say, I believe there has, for as long as RPGs have existed, been a sort of paradoxical situation where “nerds” trying to escape reality through RPGs end up actually projecting parts of reality. I will be arguing my thesis by looking at the development of RPGs over time alongside some of the things going on in society across the same time line. Below is a table of some of the sources I’m going to be using along with descriptions of those and the applications of Burke I made to them.

Burkean Application
The Commedia dell’Arte
The Sixteenth Century
The first article is about the development of the CdA. CdA was basically improvised acting but with a few more restrictions - likening it to RPGs. The second article talks about the flourishing of Europe (where the game was played and invented) during the time.
In practically everywhere CdA is occurring, the areas in which it is occurring is prospering. While the people participating might be trying to escape reality - they are only afforded the opportunity to do so because of the state of the bureaucracy.
What is Wargaming?
This talks about Wargaming, which is basically an RPG with a bit more application to real life. There is a lot written about the development of Wargaming in relationship to war tactics and war in general. In the article are a few pieces of actual rhetoric from some of the first players of the game.
This is a lot like the above. The next movement after CdA was Wargaming, that was only really invented as a way strategize for war. I can’t say Wargaming was a forced niche but it really was a result of other things going on.
D&D Turns 40
This article really just highlights the prevalence of RPGs in the contemporary, while also providing rhetoric from someone who avidly plays the RPG D&D.
This article highlights how D&D has a nerdy stigma to it, while also highlighting the popularity of it. Social identification is exhibited as a result.
The Function of Role-Playing Games
The author here discusses RPGs and the way they can be used to analyze human behavior. She does so through multiple studies of what could be considered “nerds.”
The author of this study reflects on the increasingly social aspect of RPGss. I’d liken this to the increased social aspect of everything on the internet. Again, people are trying to escape playing these game, but piety to the norm of increased social interaction everywhere stops them.
This is an interview of some of the top RPG makers. They share with the interviewer the direction in which the industry is going.
What’s interesting about this is the RPG makers assert that they are trying to implement more globalization. It’s my idea that consumers wanting this is a result of the world becoming increasingly globalized. This would be an example of piety to the norm.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Almost the entirety of this article is supposed data. It’s not even good supposed data. Most of the things he states is illogical. He has very little proof and makes a lot of assumptions off of other people works. Most of his article is based on a book which eventually was turned into a movie, because we all know that if a book was turned into a movie then it must be logical and true. Stupid…
Presumptions: the normal
Like stated above the author uses reference text to base his entire paper. Nothing is based off of facts that he found himself.
The author basically chose the royal conspiracy because he wanted it to be something special. Of course his idea must be right because it is so much better then everyone else’s idea. Also who better to have committed a crime then the royal family?
So in order to make his point the author, uses two movies, two books, and Masons in order to sound more logical. He thinks if he uses more sources then he will sound like he is right, BUT HE IS SO WRONG. He just sounds like a loon. You cannot base your argument off of a movie. Also he needs to take some lessons in grammar because this boy cannot write. He doesn’t even use complete sentences.
So his argument is that this group of strippers decided to blackmail the royal family. The main son got really mad and decided he was going to kill these chicks and be done with the problem. So this crazy dude goes on a mini killing spree and kills these chicks. Of course he was a free mason so he had to go all hardcore on these chicks. Also he had a bunch of people that know how to kill help him cover it up. Also since they were prostitutes they weren't smart enough to keep a backup of whatever they had on him so no one knew that he was to blame. This is the little cog in the entire conspiracy of evil rulers.

Perelman-Chapman-Breanna Reyes


“The police authorities entertained a strong idea that some sinister connection existed...” This was all probable data they had no real evidence they just wanted you to think they did. Also, they wanted to put it at the beginning of the paper so by the time you got to the end you would forget all about that statement.

“Their actions based upon no foundations...”
“It is now proposed to present the case for supposing...”
These are assumptions because they have no foundation. They don’t have an argument.  

“These declarations, as mere declarations without evidence to support them…” This sentence is by no means concrete. They are stating the facts that have no evidence to support the claim.
Argument types:
Quasi-logical arguments
The timeline between JACK-THE-RIPPER and CHAPMAN. This is a timeline of when Jack-The-Ripper and Chapman were in the same area around the same time. These are arranged in columns. This helps establish that chapman was the killer.