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.
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974 -- Press coverage -- United States.
Clinton, Bill, 1946- -- Sexual behavior.
Clinton, Bill, 1946- -- Impeachment.
Clinton, Bill, 1946- -- In mass media.
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.
Singer, Peter, 1946- Rethinking life & death: the collapse of our traditional ethics.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects.
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.
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.
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.