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Re: [xmca] Rhetoric and Grammar | Palin, etc.

I have a little caricature of Palin's rhetoric, together with actual video with Maddow responding to Palin, at

I did the animation mainly as my first experiment with this tool, which I think could have promising uses in education.

As for Palin's rhetoric, this features her "cookies" nonsense rather than the more violent stuff. As illustrated by the video and caricatured in the animation, I don't think there's much sophistication in her rhetoric. There is mastery in her delivery, but the impact of the rhetoric, it seems to me, is more a matter of what many in the public are receptive to as a way of understanding the troubles in their lives.

On Mon, 10 Jan 2011, Leif Strandberg wrote:

Yes, it is really bad what's happening in AZ... and that Palin's rhetoric is so successfull... and I am not sure that Obama's sophisticated rhetoric is able to match Palin. You need to be more street smart to struggle against the right wings from Alaska and elsewheree (e.g Sweden... ) The good "Dichter und Denker" could not beat "Richter and Henker" in Germany 1933.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Temple" <tub80742@temple.edu>
To: "Activity eXtended Mind Culture" <xmca@weber.ucsd.edu>
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 5:54 PM
Subject: [xmca] Rhetoric and Grammar in AZ, USA

I'm Anthony.

I've spent the last semester here as a newbie, a lurker mainly, and I've read and learned a so much from these threads, which significantly bolstered my readings of Cole, Wertsch, and Vygotsky. Although my coursework is done, I prefer to stick around.

As I follow the aftermath of the Arizona, USA assassination attempt, I'm realizing that I can't recall a story that's generated more attention to rhetoric, semantics, linguistics, and most notably, grammar.

Between the violent political rhetoric that many (me included) argue foments (NOT directly causes) dangerous acts (I.e. Palin's famous bullseye map) to the shooter's obsession with the government's monopoly on grammar, there is a sea of talk about the meaning (and meaninglessness) of words.

It's a horrible event. And because I learn so much here, I wonder if anyone else has noticed this and would care to jump in with his or her take.


Villas, USA

P.S. Of all the articles I've read over the past three days, this one was most stunning to me:

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