Exam 3 Study Guide: Chapters 10-14

*as a reminder to readers, there is no chapter 13 in this book. Instead, Reading Rhetorical Theory skips from chapter 12 (the secrecy situation) to chapter 14 (the digital situation)*

The Rhetorical Situation

The exigency and the audience

Context v. Situation

Aristotle’s definition of rhetoric

The combination of different genres

Different versions of the Rhetorical Situation

Responses to the Rhetorical Situation

The rhetorical exigence

The rhetorical audience

The rhetorical constraint

Rhetorical Ecology


The Settler Situation

Aristotle and colonialism

Land acknowledgements

Components of the Settler Situation

Terms to describe settlers/first peoples

Disavowal definition

Science fiction and settler colonialism

Lechuga, Incomunicable lecture

Lechuga on science fiction

Tuck & Yang, “Decolonization is not a Metaphor” article


Secrecy Rhetoric


Objective v. Subjective secrets

Secretum and arcanum

Surveillance and related terms

Objective and Subjective secrets

Leaking, whistleblowing, and stove-piping


The ‘information bomb’ (Stahl reading)


Digital Rhetoric


Heuristics-as-Argumentative Fallacies

Heuristics: The Hot Hand, Anchoring, AvailabilityDigital rhetoric’s problems

Defining digital rhetoric

What is digital rhetoric?

Levels of algorithmic rhetoric

Tropes of Enormity in Digital Rhetoric

Persuasion architecture (Tufecki)

Woods, “Asking more of Siri and Alexa”


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