Communication Criticism

Author: Jodi R. Cohen
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452250421
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book demonstrates how an understanding of the fundamental principles of communication will help in evaluating the effects, effectiveness, truthfulness, and ethics of every kind of communication from traditional "soapbox speeches" to reading a magazine, talking to a friend, watching court proceedings, or television news. Jodi R. Cohen's informally written, critical guide introduces classical theories of rhetoric at the beginning of each chapter, then expands the discussion with contemporary postmodern theories, and concerns such as aesthetics and cultural bias. There are question-and-answer sections in each chapter as well as many examples.

Sourcebook on Rhetoric

Author: James Jasinski
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761905042
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book is designed to introduce readers to the language of contemporary rhetorical studies. The book format is an alphabetized glossary (with appropriate cross listings) of key terms and concepts in contemporary rhetorical studies. An introductory chapter outlines the definitional ambiguities of the central concept of rhetoric itself. The primary emphasis is on the contemporary tradition of rhetorical studies as it has emerged in the discipline of speech communication. Each entry in the glossary ranges in length from a few paragraphs to a short essay of a few pages. Where appropriate, examples are provided to further illustrate the term or concept. Each entry will be accompanied by a list of references and additional readings to direct the reader to other materials of possible interest.

Analyzing Everyday Texts

Author: Glenn Stillar
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761900610
Format: PDF, ePub
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By outlining and integrating three different perspectives - discourse, rhetoric and social theory - this book provides a comprehensive and well-illustrated framework for the analysis of everyday texts. The first part of the book describes the tools and resources which can be drawn from discourse analysis, rhetorical theory, and social theory. These perspectives are then brought together in an extensive analysis of everyday texts. The last chapter examines the principles and consequences of conducting theoretically informed critical textual analysis.

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory

Author: Stephen W. Littlejohn
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412959373
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Encyclopedia of Communication Theory provides students and researchers with a comprehensive two-volume overview of contemporary communication theory. Reference librarians report that students frequently approach them seeking a source that will provide them with a quick overview of a particular theory or theorist - just enough to help them grasp the general concept or theory and its relation to the discipline as a whole. Communication scholars and teachers also occasionally need a quick reference for theories. Edited by the co-authors of the best-selling textbook on communication theory and drawing on the expertise of an advisory board of 10 international scholars and nearly 200 contributors from 10 countries, this work finally provides such a resource. More than 300 entries address topics related not only to paradigms, traditions, and schools, but also metatheory, methodology, inquiry, and applications and contexts. Entries cover several orientations, including psycho-cognitive; social-interactional; cybernetic and systems; cultural; critical; feminist; philosophical; rhetorical; semiotic, linguistic, and discursive; and non-Western. Concepts relate to interpersonal communication, groups and organizations, and media and mass communication. In sum, this encyclopedia offers the student of communication a sense of the history, development, and current status of the discipline, with an emphasis on the theories that comprise it.

Persuasion in society

Author: Herbert W. Simons
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN: 9780761919070
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". . . my most basic convictions are that persuasion is about winning beliefs, not arguments; that communicators who seek to win belief need to communicate with their audiences, not at them; and that persuasion at its best is a matter of giving and not just getting -- of moving toward persuadees psychologically, recognizing that they are most likely to give you what you want if you can show them that what you propose also gives them what they want. This is the essence of my coactive approach to persuasion." --From the Preface "Rich in insight and compelling illustration, Simons's book is both a provocative guide to those who confront problems amenable to persuasion and a theoretically powerful template for scholars and students intent on making sense of the world of argument and influence." --Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dean Of The Annenberg School For Communication, University Of Pennsylvania "For a number of years, Herb Simons has been one of rhetoric's most original thinkers and wittiest practitioners. Students and teachers will welcome his new textbook Persuasion in Society. Simons has provided an important and entertaining introduction to one of the key topics of our age." --Michael Billig, Loughborough University "Simons et al. has produced one of the most clearly written works on this topic to be found anywhere. Although written as a text for students taking a first course in persuasion, a purpose it serves admirably, this book will also be an engaging introduction to the topic for almost any reader. Among the covered topics are the psychology of persuasion, reasoning and evidence, political campaigns, product advertising, social movements, and ethics. All of these are treated from a perspective that makes them unusually accessible. The reviewer cannot imagine a more clearly presented overview of the subject -- the ways in which it is studied and the ways in which it matters." --CHOICE, January 2002 Written by respected author Herbert Simons, Persuasion in Society is an integrative guidebook to understanding, practicing, and analyzing persuasion. This text expertly combines contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism with social scientific theory and research to help readers practice more effective persuasion. Features of the text: • Provides a dual perspective, that of the persuadee and the persuader • Places ethical issues front and center • Incorporates Simons's coactive approach to persuasion • Translates theory into practical application • Teaches by example with stories and visuals Keeping abreast of the field, this book includes chapters outlining the ideology of advertising and television and provides case studies to draw students into the ethical dimensions of persuasion. Students will improve their capacity to analyze critical messages and gain a better understanding of persuasion and its psychological dynamics.