July 6, 2009

Rhetorica Update

You’ll notice that I’ve changed the description of this web site under the Rhetorica banner and changed the name of the blog from Press-Politics Journal to Media Ethics and Rhetoric Journal. I’ve also begun making some changes to the blogroll to reflect the changing emphasis of Rhetorica.

Yes, it’s time for a change.

Basically, I’m getting out of the political rhetoric game and getting deeper into the media ethics game with special attention paid to the rhetoric of media ethics.

My reasons are these:

1. This change reflects a much closer fit with my academic research as it has evolved since I arrived at Missouri State University.

2. I’m getting sick and tired of political punditry and reporting.

To put a finer point on #2: I think the coverage of politics by the mainstream news media in the United States is hopelessly broken.

You might be saying to yourself: Hey, wait a minute! What about the primary purpose of journalism, which is an ethic? How can you cover media ethics and not deal with politics?

I will continue to critique the news media using the primary purpose as one of my guides. What I will not be doing is trying to find ways for the news media to do a better job of covering politics in terms of craft.

I’m still working through how this is going to play out on Rhetorica. The most immediate thing you’ll notice is that I will no longer be commenting on political rhetoric or journalism’s coverage of it.

And, yes, my timing is really terrible considering the Palin resignation speech 🙂

July 4, 2009

Have a Happy 4th of July

I like this part:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day.

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