Diane Lane (Penny Chenery), Secretariat, Kipling’s “If”, and Ebert — Perfect

In speech class, I have my students read poems – to work on diction, vocal variery, verbal punch. Many/most of my students don’t know the poetry.  Did you know that practically none of today’s students have ever even heard Casey at the Bat?  Astonishing! One of the poems I have them read is If by… Read More Diane Lane (Penny Chenery), Secretariat, Kipling’s “If”, and Ebert — Perfect

Who Is Your Audience? – It’s Always Bigger Than You Count On; It’s Practically Universal

Way, way back in my graduate school days, we studied the work of Chaïm Perelman (and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca).  They wrote the book The New Rhetoric (my copy is buried in storage).  Perelman developed this idea of a “universal audience.”  To oversimplify, he argued that every communication moment, every attempt at persuasion, had two audiences –… Read More Who Is Your Audience? – It’s Always Bigger Than You Count On; It’s Practically Universal