In a fully developed short essay (minimum of eight paragraphs in length), please answer all of the questions below and post your essay to the discussion forum. Your work should include an introduction, a body of supporting evidence, and a conclusion.
Remember that you are having a conversation with your peers in this particular genre of writing, so adopt an appropriate tone and vocabulary for an audience of contemporary college students. Edit your work for clarity, punctuation, and usage.
Questions for Analysis:
1) What is Carroll saying about the nature of rhetorical analysis? How do the fundamentals of rhetorical analysis figure into yourlife, both as a student and as a citizen? Describe a pair of specific examples in which these concepts might play (or have played) a role in your participation in those areas.
2) Using at least one citation from Carrollâ€™s essay, comment on the role of context in framing contemporary arguments. Is there enough contextual background on news stories, speeches, advertisements, and other areas of rhetoric in todayâ€™s digital information culture? How does the Washington Postâ€™s proposed feature of the â€œKnowledge Mapâ€ (noted in the Shan Wang article) enrich the contemporary news environment?
3) Finally, in the second half of your essay, explain the general features of your research argument. Using the taxonomies of reflection in the previous section as a guide, answer the following questions in your final four paragraphs:
A. What did you learn about your topic that you didnâ€™t already know or that was surprising to you?
B. What is an area that you would like to improve upon as a writer moving forward, and which aspect of your research argument are you most proud of?
C. Finally, how do you see the subject of your research argument changing over the course of the next ten years? Where will it be in a decadeâ€™s time?
Where applicable, feel free to use hyperlinks to connect your essay to a resource or two in support of your answers.