The colour of rhetoric in the contemporary agora
Keywords:Rhetoric, Persuasion, Contemporary political discourse, Media interviews
AbstractRhetoric has three colours: white, black, and grey. White rhetoric is the Grecian Agoric ideal and black rhetoric is its mockery in the form of cheap point-scoring and open deceitfulness. Both are commonly used and obvious. A third, grey, rhetoric, however, is the most pervasive and devious kind of rhetoric in contemporary political discourse, which has developed in response to changing patterns of journalistic inquisition in the 24/7 news and public affairs era. This paper describes the three types of rhetoric, and argues that the Fourth Estate has an important democratic role in counteracting black and grey rhetoric.
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Waddell, Neal, and Bernard McKenna. 2009. “The Colour of Rhetoric in the Contemporary Agora”. Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina De Estudios Ingleses, no. 22 (November):271-91. https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2009.22.16.
Copyright (c) 2009 Neal Waddell, Bernard McKenna
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