The life of brody
Hello everybody, today I'll be writing my first post in a blog. To begin with I would like to introduce myself and give you guys a little background on myself. I was born in Michigan in a place called Leelanau County. It is a beautiful place with sandy beaches, old towns, and rolling dunes. I now live in Aiken, South Carolina and spend the summer in Northern Michigan. My major here at Clemson is Landscape Architecture which find pretty interesting so far. Some other things about me... I like listening to music and playing guitar though I am not very good at it. Also I enjoy playing golf and basketball which I am not too good at either but I like getting out and doing those things to have fun and get a little exercise.
In many ways rhetoric is a new concept to me but now I realize after reading Ch. 1 that rhetoric is actually extremely prevalent in my life and in our culture. Throughout every day I see many examples of rhetoric in the things I read and watch. Also recently I have noticed the increasing exigence in the writing in our society. Digital media such as buzzfeed and twitter came about because of society's want of quick and up to date news in quick, easy to read formats. I found the part about visual rhetoric to be particularly interesting. I find it fascinating how one could use so few words accompanied by a drawing to create rhetoric that is both complex and convincing.
This cartoon above is a very good example of visual rhetoric. By using a humorous approach to a sensitive and important subject the author portrays a very powerful message. In western culture many of us tend to forget about the great luxuries that we have and take them for granted while others are starving and in need of food and/or other necessities.
What Your Selfies Say About You Pg. 383
I thought this article was interesting but also fairly biased rhetoric. Although I agree with many of the author's opinions regarding the usage of selfies, I do believe that not everyone taking selfies is doing so in a narcissistic manner. I do agree with her in the fact that society is becoming more concerned with image in certain realms but I disagree in that I think some aspects of "western culture" and human culture have been narcissistic for centuries. In fact one could say human nature is very focused on image and looks in general but this societal obsession has just manifested itself in different mediums throughout different time periods.
I hope you enjoyed my first blog post if you read it and I hope I can make another one at some point again for this class.