Monthly Archives: November 2015

Refugee Rhetoric: What Are the Presidential Candidates Saying?

Ted Cruz Cruz openly advocates for screening and accepting Christian refugees, but “that Muslims fleeing the Syrian civil war should be repopulated to other Muslim countries.” In an interview with CNN, he stated, “there is no doubt we would need to vet anyone coming in, but there is no indication that we have Muslims pretending to be Christians in the coming … Continue Reading

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American Airlines Twitter Rhetoric

Recently, deaf actor and model Nyle DiMarco tweeted American Airlines to say that he was unable to watch movies on his flight. He wanted to know when subtitles would be included on movies to make the airline “100% accessible for all.” American Airlines’ response was insensitive and deleted quickly after receiving backlash from DiMarco and his followers. Poor customer service … Continue Reading

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The Rhetoric of Talking to Your Family

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s when I see the majority of my family all at once. Good food, great company, and the not-so-subtle avoidance of politics and other touchy subjects. The more I learn about rhetoric, the more I analyze every little thing my grandma says about my major. The more I rhetorically analyze a text, the more I … Continue Reading

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Five Responses to the question “What can You do with a Degree in English?”

The holidays are coming up and if you’re going home or visiting family it’s likely that you’ll be grilled about your college experience. If you’re still in the beginning of your college career, it’s likely your family or company will ask about what you want to study. If you’re in your junior or senior year, the questions are usually more … Continue Reading

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Independence and Disconnect in Remote Internships

As Professional Writing and Rhetoric majors, students have opportunities to intern remotely for many companies and organizations. For example, I was an editing intern for a nonprofit over the summer. It sounds like the ideal situation, but anyone who has completed a remote internship knows how difficult it can be to meet deadlines and complete tasks in a timely manner. … Continue Reading

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The Rhetoric of Talking to Dogs

It is well known that conversation is considered a form of rhetoric. When we speak to another person, we are articulating our views in a way that seeks to persuade or, more generally, communicate in some way. That is to say, there is a goal we’re attempting to achieve in our conversation. But what about our interactions with dogs? If … Continue Reading

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Engaging A Picky Audience

As consumers in the digital era, it can get hard to sift through the the massive amounts of content we are exposed to every day. The “skip” button on Youtube and the “x” out of a webpage have become the digital native’s best friend in a sea of empty advertising. As communicators, it is nearly impossible to connect to the “essential … Continue Reading

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Summarizing- an Important Job Skill

In professional writing, it can often be beneficial to keep word count to a bare minimum. Texts such as abstracts, press releases, and newspaper blurbs focusing on TV shows or movies benefit from being as succinct as possible while still getting the point across. Summarizing can seem counter-intuitive when you’re in an education system where papers often need to reach … Continue Reading

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What is Professional Writing & Rhetoric?

Wondering what Professional Writing & Rhetoric is? Take a look at this infographic for more information!    

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Grammar Quiz

How often do you find yourself or your fellow English majors claiming to be grammar nerds? Do you make these claims because you’re all about that grammar skill, or just because you’re all about the image associated with it? Well, it’s time to take a study break and put your grammar skills to the test with the help of Buzzfeed. … Continue Reading

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