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Read more about Reading Rhetorical Theory

Reading Rhetorical Theory

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Hallsby

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

License: CC BY-NC

This is a textbook that was originally designed for a 3000-level large lecture course on “Rhetorical Theory” at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities. An interdisciplinary tradition, rhetorical theory describes how speech, representation, and power are managed by techniques and technologies of communication. The plan of this book moves from rhetoric as an art of speech to rhetoric as a technology of power. The early chapters provide definitions and context for rhetoric as speech, middle chapters (e.g., on signs, symbols, visual images, argumentation, and narrative) describe rhetoric as representation, and the concluding chapters (e.g., on settler colonialism, secrecy, and digital rhetoric) elaborate on rhetoric as a technology of power. Of course, there is considerable overlap across these areas: the chapter on “rhetoric and ideology” sets the stage for later understandings of rhetoric as power; the chapter on “the rhetorical situation” hearkens back to the introductory understanding of rhetoric as speech. The book includes (audio and/or video) recordings with each chapter, as well as guidelines for proposed written assignments. Students using this resource should gain a thorough understanding of what rhetoric is, how it was practiced historically and today, and the ways that rhetoric wields an invisible influence over contemporary public and political life. Additionally, this book is designed for use across a variety of modalities, including in-person, online (synchronous/asynchronous), and hybridized formats. Additional resources (PowerPoint slides, quiz/exam questions) are also available to confirmed instructors upon request.

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Read more about The International Journalism Handbook - 1st Ed.

The International Journalism Handbook - 1st Ed.

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Zamith

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

License: CC BY-NC

International journalism is crucial to our understanding of the world beyond our own borders. This book is designed to explain key theories and concepts that allow us to understand the general practice of journalism around the world, and to illustrate some of the challenges that arise from practicing journalism in those contexts. It begins by providing a theoretical foundation that helps us understand why international journalism matters and the key forces that shape what it looks like; highlights some of the key challenges to bearing witness to developments, sourcing information, and simply doing 'the job' of journalism; and describes important similarities and differences in how journalism is imagined and performed in different regions of the world.

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Read more about The American Journalism Handbook: Concepts, Issues, and Skills - 1st Ed.

The American Journalism Handbook: Concepts, Issues, and Skills - 1st Ed.

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: Zamith

Publisher: UMass Amherst

License: CC BY-NC

This book is designed to help us understand the many changes to U.S. journalism and imagine new futures for it – futures in which it can serve as an even more useful tool for promoting a well-functioning society. But, before we can imagine new futures, we must take a step back and examine the institution of U.S. journalism through a critical and in-depth lens. This book aims to offer just that. It provides a conceptual foundation for understanding the development, logic, and practice of journalism in the United States; describes some of the key challenges, tensions, and opportunities it has faced, is facing, and will likely face; and offers guidance to help individuals develop the skills needed engage in impactful journalism.

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Read more about Effective Professional Communication: A Rhetorical Approach

Effective Professional Communication: A Rhetorical Approach

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Bennetch, Owen, and Keesey

Publisher: University of Saskatchewan

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Welcome to Effective Professional Communication, your text book for the RCM 200 course at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Read more about Technology, Media Literacy, and the Human Subject: A Posthuman Approach

Technology, Media Literacy, and the Human Subject: A Posthuman Approach

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Lewis

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

License: CC BY

What does it mean to be media literate in today’s world? How are we transformed by the many media infrastructures around us? We are immersed in a world mediated by information and communication technologies (ICTs). From hardware like smartphones, smartwatches, and home assistants to software like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, our lives have become a complex, interconnected network of relations. Scholarship on media literacy has tended to focus on developing the skills to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media messages without considering or weighing the impact of the technological medium—how it enables and constrains both messages and media users. Additionally, there is often little attention paid to the broader context of interrelations which affect our engagement with media technologies. This book addresses these issues by providing a transdisciplinary method that allows for both practical and theoretical analyses of media investigations. Informed by postphenomenology, media ecology, philosophical posthumanism, and complexity theory the author proposes both a framework and a pragmatic instrument for understanding the multiplicity of relations that all contribute to how we affect—and are affected by—our relations with media technology. The author argues persuasively that the increased awareness provided by this posthuman approach affords us a greater chance for reclaiming some of our agency and provides a sound foundation upon which we can then judge our media relations. This book will be an indispensable tool for educators in media literacy and media studies, as well as academics in philosophy of technology, media and communication studies, and the post-humanities.

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Read more about Introduction to Narrative Journalism

Introduction to Narrative Journalism

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Wielechowski

Publisher: UM-Dearborn Open Education

License: CC BY-NC

This textbook was created for beginning narrative journalists exploring the craft. It is inspired by the Narrative Journalism course (JASS/COMP/ENGL 310) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and it is intended to be used as a guide and handbook. It is structured around the five elements of fiction, and provides both instruction and student examples of various narrative journalism projects.

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Read more about Technical and Professional Writing Genres: A Study in Theory and Practice

Technical and Professional Writing Genres: A Study in Theory and Practice

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributors: Howerton, Beilfuss, Peterson, Bettes, and Rieger

Publisher: Oklahoma State University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This modern, open-source guide to technical and professional writing explores workplace composition through theoretical and practical applications. Discussions of multiple writing genres will assist you in understanding how to apply for jobs, how to compose clear and precise business communications once the job has been acquired, and how to create documents -- such as proposals and reports -- that will be instrumental in helping to advance your career.

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Read more about Advanced Public Speaking

Advanced Public Speaking

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Meade

Publisher: University of Arkansas

License: CC BY

This advanced public speaking textbook is designed to encourage you as a speaker and to help you sharpen your skills. It is written to feel like you are sitting with a trusted mentor over coffee as you receive practical advice on speaking. Grow in confidence, unleash your personal power and find your unique style as you learn to take your speaking to the next level--polished and professional.

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Read more about Small Group Communication: Forming & Sustaining Teams

Small Group Communication: Forming & Sustaining Teams

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Linabary and Castro

Publisher: Jasmine R. Linabary

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Small Group Communication: Forming & Sustaining Teams is an interdisciplinary textbook focused on communication in groups and teams. This textbook aims to provide students with theories, concepts, and skills they can put into practice to form and sustain successful groups across a variety of contexts.

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Read more about Humans R Social Media - Open Textbook Edition

Humans R Social Media - Open Textbook Edition

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Daly

Publisher: The University of Arizona

License: CC BY

Social media and humans exist in a world of mutual influence, and humans play central roles in how this influence is mediated and transferred. Originally created by University of Arizona Information scholar Diana Daly, this Third Edition of the book Humans are Social Media uses plain language and features contributions by students to help readers understand how we as humans shape social media, and how social media shapes our world in turn.

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