Rhetoric & Public Affairs

Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Volume 6, Number 4, Winter 2003

CONTENTS

Articles

    Murphy, John M.
  • "Our Mission and Our Moment": George W. Bush and September 11th
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
    • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States.
    Abstract:
      This essay explores the ways in which President George W. Bush explained the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Through his choice of genre, use of visual imagery, and creation of an American people, Bush crafted the authority to dominate public interpretation of those events and the appropriate response to them.
    Baym, Geoffrey.
  • Strategies of Illumination: U.S. Network News, Watergate, and the Clinton Affair
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    Subject Headings:
    • Television broadcasting of news -- United States.
    • Watergate Affair, 1972-1974 -- Press coverage -- United States.
    • Clinton, Bill, 1946- -- Sexual behavior.
    • Clinton, Bill, 1946- -- Impeachment.
    • Clinton, Bill, 1946- -- In mass media.
    Abstract:
      This study examines the metaphors of publicity that structured U.S. network television news coverage of Watergate in 1973-74 and the Clinton affair of 1998. During both Watergate and the Clinton affair, the networks understood publicity to be the light of public inquiry. The two sets of coverage, however, differ substantially in the nature of that light. The Watergate coverage gives explicit voice to the metaphor of publicity as a searchlight, an apersonal and disembodied agent of surveillance that illuminates the political in a rational-institutional light. By contrast, the Clinton coverage implicitly rests upon a metaphor of publicity as a floodlight, a dramaturgical exposure of the political process that celebrates instead an emotional, personal, and narrativistic frame for the political and a subjective, embodied approach to journalism. While the floodlight model is often maligned, this analysis concludes that it is expanding the assumptions and boundaries of public discourse.
    Kenny, Robert Wade.
  • Thinking about Rethinking Life and Death: The Character and Rhetorical Function of Dramatic Irony in a Life Ethics Discourse
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    Subject Headings:
    • Singer, Peter, 1946- Rethinking life & death: the collapse of our traditional ethics.
    • Medical ethics.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects.
    Abstract:
      This essay examines the manner in which Peter Singer exceeds the boundaries of ethical reasoning in arguing his position on life ethics. Specifically, it probes a narrative aesthetic that functions as rhetorical proof in his work. Attention is given to demonstrating the presence of ironic aesthetics in this narrative. Thereafter two conceptual structures—consubstantiality and ironic catharsis—are elaborated in order to show how Singer uses irony in an attempt to shape audience attitudes toward the traditional life ethics position.
    Bruner, Michael Lane, 1958-
  • Global Governance and the Critical Public
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    Subject Headings:
    • Globalization.
    • Liberalism.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects.
    Abstract:
      The last great social movement of the twentieth century was the anti-corporate globalization movement, whose primary goal was to democratize international government organizations by opening up their deliberations to the public. However, the movement suffered a dramatic setback after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. By examining the overlapping and oftentimes contradictory history of political and economic liberalism, the historical debate between advocates and opponents of publicity in governance, and the shifting rhetorical strategies of corporate globalization supporters and their critics, this essay surveys the prospects for global governance as we enter the new millennium.
    Zagacki, Kenneth S.
  • Rhetoric, Dialogue, and Performance in Nelson Mandela's "Televised Address on the Assassination of Chris Hani"
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mandela, Nelson, 1918-
    • Hani, Chris, 1942-1993 -- Assassination.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- South Africa.
    Abstract:
      After the assassination of the popular black militant Chris Hani, Nelson Mandela sought in his "Televised Address on the Assassination of Chris Hani" to move beyond identity politics and to redefine the murder into a moment of political and dialogic change. He praised Hani as a model of proper political engagement, uncovered the dynamics of dialogue between South Africans, and performed an alternative stance for the post-apartheid era. Mandela's rhetoric reveals both the limitations and the possibilities of performative rhetoric during difficult transitions to democracy.

Forum

    Hatch, John B.
  • Reconciliation: Building a Bridge from Complicity to Coherence in the Rhetoric of Race Relations
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    Subject Headings:
    • Race relations.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects.
    • Reconciliation.

Book Reviews

Review Essay

    Aune, James Arnt.
  • Witchcraft as Symbolic Action in Early Modern Europe and America
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    Subject Headings:
    • Norton, Mary Beth. In the devil's snare: the Salem witchcraft crisis of 1692.
    • Stephens, Walter, 1949- Demon lovers: witchcraft, sex, and the crisis of belief.
    • Witchcraft -- Massachusetts.
    • Witchcraft and sex -- History.

Reviews

    Giddens, Elizabeth.
  • War of Words: Language, Politics and 9/11 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Silberstein, Sandra, 1948- War of words: language, politics and 9/11.
    • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
    Edwards, Jason A., 1973-
  • Collateral Language: A User’s Guide to America’s New War (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Collins, John Martin, ed. Collateral language: a user's guide to America's new war.
    • Glover, Ross, ed.
    • War on Terrorism, 2001- -- Language.
    Lamm, Erica Jane.
  • Government’s Greatest Achievements: From Civil Rights to Homeland Defense (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Light, Paul Charles. Government's greatest achievements: from civil rights to homeland defense.
    • Political planning -- United States.
    Downie, Martin.
  • The Presidency and the Law: The Clinton Legacy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Adler, David Gray, 1954-, ed. Presidency and the law: the Clinton legacy.
    • Genovese, Michael A., ed.
    • Presidents -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Holoweiko, Leslie.
  • The Clinton Wars: The Constitution, Congress, and War Powers (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hendrickson, Ryan C., 1969- Clinton wars: the constitution, Congress, and war powers.
    • War and emergency powers -- United States -- History.
    Kell, Carl L.
  • The Shame of Southern Politics--Essays and Speeches (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dunbar, Leslie. Shame of southern politics--essays and speeches.
    • African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
    O’Shaughnessy, Meghan.
  • The Hidden Campaign: FDR’s Health and the 1944 Election (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Evans, Hugh E., 1934- Hidden campaign: FDR's health and the 1944 election.
    • Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1944.
    Zukic, Naida.
  • Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Toward a Secular Theocracy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gottfried, Paul. Multiculturalism and the politics of guilt: toward a secular theocracy.
    • Political culture -- United States.
    Smith, Cynthia Duquette.
  • Museum Politics: Power Plays at the Exhibition (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Luke, Timothy W. Museum politics: power plays at the exhibition.
    • Museum exhibits -- Political aspects.



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