Hello classmates and denizens of the internet, and welcome to my blog! This WordPress will serve as a platform for me to post assignments for my Rhetorical Criticism and Composing New Media courses. Posts pertaining to a specific course will be tagged with the appropriate category,.

For my New Media course, we are asked to develop a blog that represents and examines a discourse community, so the group I have selected is online or “viral” artists, creative people who use the internet as a platform for their creativity. Before the internet, independent artists, individuals whose preferred style wasn’t appealing to major studios and publishing houses, were relegated to their local communities and art shows to show the “world” what they had to offer. Today, anyone with a creative or unique voice has the chance to make their work accessible to the entire internet! As such, those who choose to bring their art to the web have become a community of artists, with unique and meaningful methods of discourse and rhetoric. I realize that the term “artists” broaches an enormous range of disciplines, so in the interest of brevity and scope, I will focus specifically on viral filmmakers, game designers, and animators. I will discuss how the availability of Hollywood-grade VFX and Animation software, as well as game development engines such as Source and Unreal, has opened the floodgates for indie artists to make their voices heard. These individuals come from all walks of life, but their unique approach towards publishing and distributing their art has made them a modern, diverse discourse community.

For my Rhetorical Criticism course, we are asked to critique the rhetoric of a social movement. Therefore, the social movement whose rhetoric I will be evaluating is the Anti-War Movement. I realize that anti-war philosophy is a broad, multi-faceted, and complicated subject, so in the interest of specificity, I’ll focus mainly on pacifists in the United States and how they shaped the anti-war rhetoric we can observe today. In this manner, I can look closely at the hippie movements in the 1960s in opposition to the Vietnam war, scholars in academia who advocate pacifism, and modern rhetors of anti-war protests in pop-culture, political arenas, art, and education.

Having been raised in a UN family, I had the opportunity to grow up in Kenya, Madagascar, Egypt, and Cambodia before moving to the United States for University. Because of this strange upbringing, I was lucky enough to make friends from all corners of the world and learn of their cultures, customs, and beliefs. With this sort of global perspective, we all developed very anti-war philosophies, believing that violence and conflict is never an acceptable, nor an appropriate means to solve global issues. We were also pretty anti-guns as well. This is why the Anti-War Movement is the one I’d like to analyze; it’s a topic that I feel very passionately about.

Over the next few months, I’ll be specifically looking into:

  1. What rhetorical devices do pop-pacifists such as hippies employ to engage their audience?
  2. What methods of rhetoric do academic and scholarly critics use to evaluate pacifist speech?
  3. What has been the socio-political impact of pacifist rhetoric, and how do terministic screens affect these arenas?
  4. Within the scope of Neo-Aristotelian criticism, what devices are employed in pacifist rhetoric?
  5. How has pacifist rhetoric evolved to a form of digital delivery and remediated itself to the internet?
  6. Finally, how has pacifist rhetoric shaped western culture and what impact will it have on future generations?

Through these research guidelines, I hope to develop a succinct and well-investigated evaluation of pacifist rhetoric and how it has affected western culture.


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