Public Rhetorics

For each post, I had to consider my audience when deciding which persuasive methods would be most effective and adjusting my writing style to properly convey the intentions of the post’s.

My first two post’s about animal health and arthritis were grounded in reason, or logos.  For example, “The key to preventing arthritis is starting your pet on a glucosamine supplement,” is persuasive primarily because it is based in reason and demonstrates logically how one thing leads to another. I also used the element of kairos in formulating the statement, “Ideally we want to start treating for arthritis before the symptoms begin to show” as it leans on a sense of urgency. I am also attempting to appeal to the emotions of the audience in the statement, “Arthritis can be painful.  Pets cannot talk and naturally hide pain.  As owners, we have to be their voice.” so I am utilizing pathos as well.  For many families in North America, dogs are considered a member of the family.  I assumed my audience for this post consisted of both members of the veterinary community and any families who have ever had a pet.  Therefore, I tried to cater to the scientific community with logic while appealing to the families with emotion.

In contrast, my post on marriage equality is more heavily grounded in pathos.  I led off with a story to capture the reader’s attention.  The pathos element culminated in the statement, “Their relationship is one of the strongest, most selfless, and genuinely loving bonds I’ve seen.” I then transitioned to logos with the statement, “Amidst the norm of divorce and loveless marriages, how is it possible that so many believe the union of a same-sex couple in love shouldn’t be allowed?”  This rhetorical question was designed to challenge the ethos of the more conservative audience of North American culture.

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2 Responses to Public Rhetorics

    Cassie Cortright says:

    I looked at your post, do you feel as though you would have to change your rhetorical standpoint in order to talk to the others that have commented? Such as the one that took your pathos and directly turned on the conversation with using logos and speaking of it in a governmental matter.

  • richardcolby says:

    I think it is great that you took on two arguments that you were passionate about. It can be tricky sometimes as we get close to things, but your rhetorical strategies seemed to worked well, but I wonder also about what Cassie asked about in your thread.

    This is of minor consequence, but a blog or blog post would appear on a blog like here or Tumblr. Discussion board “posts” are usually just called posts, and they are part of a thread. Just some wording to keep in mind.

    When you have a long blog post, it is a good idea to add an “Insert Read More Tag” (you can find it as dotted line between two solid lines on the toolbar when you are creating a post). In the future, take advantage of the medium of the blog–make your URLs hyperlinks, or better yet, hyperlink a specific word that would be associated with the word like Cassie did in her post.

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