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The Future of Rhetoric in the Electronic Age
This paper analyzes the history of rhetoric and what its future appears to hold in the digital world of tomorrow.
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This paper looks at major theorists and movements, observing how concepts such as "deconstruction" and the "rhetoric of display" have influenced post-modern rhetoric. The paper reviews the classical model and also looks at the different socio-political climates and other factors that have affected present-day rhetoric. The paper considers the impact of the electronic age and describes how the Internet has expanded the boundaries of critical rhetoric, and information--or proof--as Aristotle recommends is now more available than ever before. The paper therefore concludes that the rhetoric of tomorrow may have more to do with the classical rhetoric of Aristotle.

The Classical Model
Socio-Political Climates and Other Factors that have Affected Present-Day Rhetoric
Major Theorists, Movements, and Manic Depression
Impact of the Electronic Age

From the Paper:

"John Adrian (1999) notes that "the art of rhetoric is an ancient one." Adrian maintains that while the classical model of ancient Greece survived the centuries and crumbling empires to be used by scholastics throughout the medieval European world, the same model has fewer benefits today: "In a world of sound bites, digital images, and mass communication, the phrase 'classical rhetoric' has little more import than that of a quaint, but not especially useful, Greek artifact." However, Adrian argues that Edmund Burke, a supreme English stylist of the 18th century, would suggest not to do away with the good that came before--but to build upon it. Such an idea would suggest that perhaps classical rhetoric may be used (and, according to Adrian, improved upon) rather than discarded wholly.
"The very first recorded rhetorical treatise, according to Adrian, was written by Corax of Syracuse in 460 BC. The purpose of the treatise was to persuade (as Chantrill says all rhetoric attempts to do) Sicilian landowners to fight for property under dispute. "Although techniques of persuasion had no doubt existed for as long as humans had lived together, this was the first known attempt to codify its practice" (Adrian, 1999). A century after Corax saw Aristotle (350 BC) composing his own treatise on rhetoric, and in a sense laying down the foundational aspects of the classical model."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adrian, J. (1999). Mere or More?: Classical Rhetoric and Today's Classroom.University of North Carolina. Retrieved from
  • Aristotle. Rhetoric. (W. R. Roberts, Trans.) The Internet Classics Archive. (Original work published 350 BC). Retrieved from
  • Carter, M. (1992). Scholarship as rhetoric of display: Or, why is everybody saying all those terrible things about us? College English, 54(3), p. 303-313. Retrieved from
  • Chantrill, P. (2000). Figurative Language in the Electronic Age: On Herding Cats and Lame Ducks. Eastern Washington University. Retrieved from
  • Deconstruction Theory. University of Washington. Retrieved from

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