21 Matching Annotations
  1. Feb 2017
    1. he job of rhe1oric was therefore to record and transmit this knowledge with a minimum of 1.Jil;tortion.

      "the Greeks frowned upon their usage of the methods and found the act to be distrustful"

      Stick that in your juice box and suck it Greeks!

  2. Jan 2017
    1. This style of reading will change what we’re constructing here, so let’s see where it goes.

      And the style reflects place, which reminds me a Rickert's comments about the rhetorical efficacy of the caves themselves.

    2. It presents rhetoric spatially, away from “us,”

      Great observation here.

    3. not an object

      Very interesting.

    4. insert Michelle Obama side-eye

    5. who is a lobbyist and has very little patience for rhetoric

      Irony of ironies, no?

    6. not once did anyone ask “What is that?”

      This is significant, is it not?

    7. comforting, but also too-close-to-home description

      Yes, it is both of these things.

    8. The writer, serving as his own audience, becomes persuaded and formed through his own writing.

      Well said.

    9. The Foucault reading surprised me because I never thought of self writing as a rhetorical activity.

      It is always a pleasure to be surprised by something we are reading, and I am glad you are noting your reaction to a reading here.

    10. Raj

      This microresponse is a little too micro.

    11. and they are effects that can only be produced because of the fact that rhetoric metamorphoses throughout time and space.


    12. it is this approach of using the past as a tool for moving toward the future that makes it important to focus on the “has been” of rhetoric just as much as the “will be” of the term.

      Nicely put!

    13. importance on gathering data and experiences of the past

      In other words, even if rhetoric is the art of never finally answering the question, "What is rhetoric?" this art would necessarily include all attempts to finally answer that question.

    14. Rhetoric is the home of uncertainty and doubt that we go to in order to find harmony and sustenance in things that do.

      This sentence captures the oscillation that Lanham describes.

      (And do make sure that your microresponses do engage the readings, your own annotations and the annotations of others.)

    15. question

      Might we say questioning to maintain the verbiness of rhetoric?

    16. As consciousness and capacities continue to evolve, new rhetorical heads grow from the stems of the old.

      There is a strong connection here, then, to Foucault's hupomnemata: the productive yet endless exercise of sorting through what one has and is reading (about rhetoric).

    17. Rhetorical Hydra

    18. as Muckelbauer does

      Muckelbauer does quite the opposite it seems.

    19. Although the sophists took great pride in their rhetorical methods, the Greeks frowned upon their usage of the methods and found the act to be distrustful.

      The great historical irony of mistrusting something so seemingly important to the workings of the world.

    20. If this chain of annotations doesn’t demonstrate what rhetoric is, I don’t know if we will ever understand this elusive concept.

      What is compelling here is the word demonstrate rather than something like define. As with your annotation calling our attention to the term perform, I think your microresponse works as a "definition" of rhetoric insofar as it eschews defining it and simply performs it instead.