What is Rhetorical Performance?

Interactivity & Networking

Research: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetoric

Definition: “Rhetoric is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the facility of speakers or writers who attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations”

Definition: Rhetorical Performances are based on a pre-conceived script and are intended to persuade the audience to act on the presented idea which is usually social or political.

Historical Examples: Some Propaganda from WWI and WWII, Church Sermons dating back as far as before the fall of the Roman Empire, Theatre Productions

Current examples: Political Debates/Campaigns, Advertisements, ‘The It Gets Better’ Campaign

Video: It Gets Better

Video: Gaming Ad: PS3


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