By Ton Van Haaften, Henrike Jansen, Jaap De Jong, Willem De Koetsenruijter
From classical antiquity until eventually the current, humans and teams have taken to public areas, now principally digital, as a way to relay their message and try and convince others. And for simply as lengthy, the tools of organizing and accomplishing such public debate and selection making were hotly contested. This choice of essays through extraordinary foreign students provides an outline of the country of interdisciplinary scholarship at the artwork of rhetoric and the various methods and methodologies inside it. Bending Opinion cites a bunch of suitable examples, from Barack Obama to Geert Wilders, in addition to compelling case reports.
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Moreover, themes from Greek myth, mostly taken from Attic tragedy or from the Homeric epics, were frequently used in rhetorical training as well. This obsession with the grand Attic past even infected the Romans, who also developed a certain preference for the same kinds of themes in their own rhetorical schools. Yet the real world of those times was far different from this idealistic picture. Greece was dominated by Rome, and the Roman Empire was steadily developing into a centralistic and increasingly oppressive system of absolute monarchy.
The topos not only functions as a “strategic act of self-authorisation”, it is also inherently antagonistic in that one distances oneself from one’s adversaries, who are, it is implied, likely to engage in illicit rhetorical maneuvering (ibid. 169, 208). The speaker thus sets up a contrast between truth and sincerity in serving the democratic community versus self-serving deceitfulness. Obviously, this particular rhetoric, as a form of meta-discourse, also plays a genuine role in promoting mass vigilance (ibid.
Bending Opinion: Essays on Persuasion in the Public Domain by Ton Van Haaften, Henrike Jansen, Jaap De Jong, Willem De Koetsenruijter