“Why does Grant-Davie assume that we all use the term rhetorical situation? Does he mean writing scholars or everyone?” (Party)

The rhetorical situation is a term that apparently is applied to examine writing in many different concepts from scholars. Lloyd Bitizer who defined rhetorical situation describes it as, “the context in which speakers or writers create rhetorical discourse”, to introduce the situation (Grant-Davie). Rhetorical situation is meant to create situations for the writer to make responses to a problem from a rhetor. Grant-Davie assumes this term is used by anyone as he claims, “Writers who know how to analyze these situations have a better method of examining causality” (Grant-Davie). Scholars must analyze rhetoric situations that connect to reading and writing so they can understand the material needed to be solved. As we continue to develop our writing the discourse, the motivations will boost the discourse so people can get to do something rhetorical. 

Why can’t rhetoric rely on objectivity (Mocellin)

Being objective when it comes to rhetoric is impossible to achieve without a bias. One thing to know about objectivity is, “not physically or biologically possible for humans” (Downs). There will always be a conversation about a situation that isn’t agreed on by every individual. Rhetoric will always be subjective because of different biases that could lead to a discussion about a situation in writing. Doug Downs goes on about objectivity in the section, “We can be more or less objective by trying to get the most complete view of a situation or experience possible” (Downs). A reader or writer should always have many viewpoints to analyze instead of sticking to one point of view in rhetoric. Having a bias on a situation may not have the audience always agree but can convince them otherwise. 

How is the term ecology related to rhetoric? (Betz)

Ecology is related to rhetoric as one of the elements to the guide to human interaction. It’s a branch of biology which is linked to the physical environment. Keith Grant-Davie’s essay, “Rhetorical Situations and Their Constituents”, says ecology is a rhetor, “who influences, creates, encounters, or reads the text or discourse in question” (Grant-Davie). Rhetorical ecology is somewhat connected to rhetorical interaction change by discourse and environmental conditions. So ecology in terms can be a part of writing a rhetorical situation about the environment or various connections to nature such as living organisms.  Grant-Davie also goes into detail that ecology has a Greek rhetorical term, “Kairos”, which translates to, “timely good fortune” (Grant-Davie). This could be why ecology is related to rhetoric by having some control of texts and discourses to be collaborative and shared.

Work Cited 

Grant-Davie, Keith. Rhetorical Situations and Their Constituents. In Writing about Writing Elizabeth Wardle and Doug Downs, Bedford/St. Martin’s 2020 (pp. 396-415).

Downs, Doug. Rhetoric: Making Sense of Human Interaction and Meaning-Making. In Writing about Writing Elizabeth Wardle and Doug Downs, Bedford/St. Martin’s 2020 (pp. 369-395).

Patry, Alice. Comment on “Homework Tuse 3/30.” WordPress.com, 26 March 2021, Retrieved from https://spring2021wsc001.wordpress.com/2021/03/25/homework-tues-3-30/

Mocellin, Julia. Comment on “Homework Tuse 3/30.” WordPress.com, 30 March 2021, Retrieved from https://spring2021wsc001.wordpress.com/2021/03/25/homework-tues-3-30/

Betz, Joe. Comment on “Homework Tuse 3/30.” WordPress.com, 29 March 2021, Retrieved from https://spring2021wsc001.wordpress.com/2021/03/25/homework-tues-3-30/

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