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Put It to a Test

By Dr Art Lynch

Opportunity One:

There have been many issues that rocked or shattered this fall's elections. Pick one and look at it from the perspective and prism of this course. As an example the current health care debate is historic in its scope and implications. You may look at the entire debate, the evolution of the debate or at a specific speech and do the following:

1. Use as many of the concepts of the course as apply (including persuasive and argumentation chapters) to review the rhetoric of the debate.

2. View the debate from the perspective of other social sciences, again using the concepts of this and the other study area in doing so.

3. Do a detailed study of the methods of persuasion used by either side in the debate (there are multiple sides once you start to look into it, so pick one and focus on that group or viewpoint). This study should use the terms and concepts of the course.

You must have references and links. Submit your paper electronically. You are also giving implied permission for the material to be posted on the blog or distributed.

Due date is open, however preferred while the issue remains topical and near the top of mind of fellow students and the media.

Opportunity Two:

Pick any specific speech on any topic and do the following:

1. Use as many of the concepts of the course as apply (including persuasive and argumentation chapters) to review the rhetoric of the debate.

2. View the debate or speech from the perspective of other social sciences, again using the concepts of this and the other study area in doing so.

3. Do a detailed study of the methods of persuasion used in the speech or debate. This study should use the terms and concepts of the course.

4. Show a full understanding of the speech or debate selected and of the concepts of this course.

You must have references and links. Submit your paper electronically. You are also giving implied permission for the material to be posted on the blog or distributed to my three current COM 101 course sections.

The speech may be current or historic, but I request you be able to critique the visual. There are links in the right hand column of my blog, in the textbook and in the chapter reviews located on Angel and on my blog. State of the Union speeches, TED or specific libraries are recommended. Work must be your own work.

Due date is the day of the final exam.

I prefer this is a speech you attend in person, or one where you have full video and audio. In person provides far more opportunity to comment on environment and the full communication model. Critiquing an audio speech is allowed, but not one that you find only in print.