The Rhetorica Network
Rhetorica is my blog about documentary film and photography since March 2021. All posts from the previous version of Rhetorica, dating back to 2002, are available on archive.org.
Rhetorica began as a press-politics blog that grew out of a web project I began in 1998 as part of my graduate studies in rhetoric. My name is Dr. Andrew R. Cline. I am an Emeritus Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I currently live in Aveiro, Portugal where I continue to write and do documentary film and photography projects.
Category Archives: AI
Can AI Be a Source of Good Documentary Story Ideas?
My fascination with the whole AI thing, so far, has mostly led to no good. Or, perhaps, not much good. I asked it some questions about documentary filmmaking and got back mediocre, freshman-level dreck. There were some interesting moments that … Continue reading
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Fun With AI: Ethical Responsibility
Not long ago I mentioned creating my own code of ethics for documentary filmmaking — a task I’m still thinking about. So that got me to thinking perhaps I should ask ChatGPT: What is the most important ethical responsibility for … Continue reading
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Fun With AI: A Matter of Visual Style: Part 2
I tried a bit different approach on part two of my examination of what ChatGPT can create regarding visual style in documentary film. I asked it to give me some tips on how to incorporate the “decisive moment” to documentary … Continue reading
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Fun With AI: A Matter of Visual Style, Part 1
I’ve written before about my admiration for the visual style of Terrence Malick and its influence on my non-fiction cinematography. I wondered: Can ChatGPT give me some tips about that? So I asked a “practical” question: How can I adapt … Continue reading
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