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This paper shows how persuasive definitions are extremely powerful rhetorical tools often used to influence public policy arguments. In five case studies analyzed and evaluated, the use of the persuasive definition as an argumentative technique had consequences that changed social policies in a...
The essay studies the “skull controversy,” in which a Depression-era government photographer was accused of manipulating documentary photographs. It takes up the call for a more sophisticated analysis of visual arguments by positing the force of the “naturalistic enthymeme” in contexts where the...
In this paper it is argued that rhetorical insight can be used to deepen a dialectical analysis of argumentative discourse and to justify the dialectical reconstructions. After a discussion of the dialectical and rhetorical aspects of argumentative confrontation, an explanation is given of the...
This essay responds to the growing and pervasive cynicism characteristic of political communication commentary and scholarship. We argue that there are compelling reasons for optimism about the state of political communication in the United States—a focus on policy, an ability to elect high...
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