Uncovering Hidden Rhetorics Social Issues in Disguise

ISBN-10: 1412956927
ISBN-13: 9781412956925
Edition: 2008
Authors: Barry Brummett
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Description: The words we hear or say, the images we make or see, usually have multiple meanings, connections, allusions, and resonances, yet we are rarely aware of all of those implications. Sometimes movies, television shows, political speeches, and hip hop  More...

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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The words we hear or say, the images we make or see, usually have multiple meanings, connections, allusions, and resonances, yet we are rarely aware of all of those implications. Sometimes movies, television shows, political speeches, and hip hop music carry in disguise certain thoughts, attitudes, political and social convictions. That is to say, a text or message may seem to be about one thing on the surface, but it is also about another thing, if we know how to unlock the text. For instance, some may argue that The Lord of the Rings, which appears to be about elves and hobbits and orcs, is also about World War Two or the Cold War, but in disguise. We live in an age of discovered secrets. From the DaVinci Code to the Bible Code, from television shows revealing The Secrets of " to supermarket tabloids promises that Now It Can Be Revealed, people are fascinated with the idea that There Is More To This Than Meets The Eye. This book develops some methods and perspectives by which the hidden rhetorics of texts may, in fact, be made clear for students willing to learn how to read them. The essays that compose this book explore how many of the texts we encounter in popular culture today are addressing social issues in ways that are not immediately apparent. The book's focus on disguised rhetoric helps students to think critically about entertainment media for their subtle processes of persuasion. The themes of these essays are meant to intrigue students even as the essays empower them to uncover the hidden rhetorics in other texts they may encounter. Because it is important to know what we are doing if we engage social issues in talk, films, popular music, television, and so forth, understanding how social issues may be disguised in discourse is an important goal. If we need to disguise social issues we should do so with awareness, and we should especially be aware of how those issues may be disguised in the messages we encounter. This book is a collection of essays that explores a wide range of ways in which social issues may be disguised in the public talk of leaders, news media, and ordinary people as well as in the texts of entertainment and popular culture. The goal of the book is to give its readers some tools for seeing the hidden social issues in those texts. Whether you intend to produce public messages or, as is the case for most of us, consume them, knowing how to see through those disguises is important.

Barry Brummett (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) taught at Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before coming to the University of Texas-Austin. His scholarly areas include: rhetoric and popular culture, media criticism, apocalyptic rhetoric, and theories and methods of Kenneth Burke. Brummett's most recent, ongoing interests are in the rhetoric of popular culture: how do television, film, music, magazines, sports, and other experiences of everyday living influence our thoughts, beliefs, and actions? He is the author of Rhetorical Homologies: Form, Culture, Experience and Rhetorical Dimensions of Popular Culture (University of Alabama) and Contemporary Apocalyptic Rhetoric, The World and How We Describe It:nbsp; Rhetorics of Reality, Representation, Simulation, and Rhetoric of Machine Aesthetics (Praeger) and the author, coauthor, or editor of several collections or textbooks, among them, Reading Rhetorical Theory (Harcourt Brace), Landmark Essays: Kenneth Burke (Hermagoras Press), and Public Communication, 2/e (Harper & Row). He sits on numerous journal editorial boards and is the 2001 recipient of the NCA Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award.

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Whispers of a Racial Past: Forms of White Liberal History in The Horse Whisperer
The Evil Albino: Cinematic Othering and Scapegoating of Extreme Whites
Detecting a Common Interpretive Framework for Impersonal Violence: The Homology in Participants? Rhetoric on Sport Hunting, "Hate Crimes," and Stranger Rape
Classy Morality: The Rhetoric of Joel Osteen
The Re-Visioned American Dream: The Wildlife Documentary Form as Conservative Nostalgia
Weathering the Storm: Pirates of the Caribbean and Transnational Corporatism
A Hystery of Colonial Witchcraft: Witch-Hunt Tourism and Commemoration in Salem, Massachusetts
Outing the Marlboro Man: Issues of Masculinity and Class Closeted in Brokeback Mountain
Making Gay Sense of the X-Men
References
About the Editor
About the Contributors
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