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.
Tag Archives: rhetoric
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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Brave New AI World
I don’t remember the first time I told my students that we live in an age in which seeing (also hearing) is no longer believing. I used to present a unit in my media ethics class examining photo manipulation through … Continue reading
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I Watched ____ So You Don’t Have To
So there’s a long-running trope in the writing of tough reviews that starts this way: “I watched ____ so you don’t have to.” This signals that the review will pan whatever the thing is and offer an invitation to bask … Continue reading
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