March 11, 2010

The Rhetoric of Cable TV News

Mark Lieberman at Language Log beat me to this one (drat!). Here, from The Onion, is some bullshit happening somewhere:


6 Responses

  1. BBrown 

    That’s a good one.

  2. Tim 

    Did you hear the one about the fake bullshit?

  3. acline 

    Tim… Chalk that up in the WTF Dept. Wow.

  4. David 

    Hello everyone,
    I am studying a speech of Hillary Clinton at the moment,
    it’s the speech women rights are human rights which she gave in 1995 in Beijing, China.
    I got some problems with the rhetorical devices because I don’t really know how to find them. I got the anaphora of It is a violation of human rights when…
    Also the ethos, pathos and logos is pretty hard for me.
    So i was wondering if anyone could help me out,
    this is the site of the speech:
    I would appreciate it very much and be very thankful if anyone would help me.

  5. Tim 


    Not sure what you are trying to do. I’m no expert like Andy, but as a layperson interested, here’s my take …

    Pathos: “It is also a coming together, much the way women come together every day in every country. We come together in fields and factories, in village markets and supermarkets, in living rooms and board rooms. Whether it is while playing with our children in the park, or washing clothes in a river, or taking a break at the office water cooler, we come together and talk about our aspirations and concern. And time and again, our talk turns to our children and our families. However different we may appear, there is far more that unites us than divides us. We share a common future, and we are here to find common ground so that we may help bring new dignity and respect to women and girls all over the world, and in so doing bring new strength and stability to families as well.”

    Ethos: “Over the past 25 years, I have worked persistently on issues relating to women, children, and families. Over the past two-and-a half years, I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing women in my own country and around the world.”

  6. Joe