Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, with the Presentation Tutorial of the Day

I’ve never watched Breaking Bad.  Barely heard of it (though, I have heard the lead actor interviewed twice in recent days).  But here is an article about how it nearly did not ever get off the ground, by the creator, Vince Gilligan: I Almost Broke Bad:  The creator of the award-winning Breaking Bad explains how his show… Read More Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, with the Presentation Tutorial of the Day

Starved For The Practical, The Rejection Of All Things “Liberal” Now Spreads To Disdain For The “Liberal Arts” – Not A Good Thing!

Millions are becoming premodern — communicating in electronic grunts that substitute for effective and dignified expression. Victor David Hanson ————— People are starved for the practical.  They want to know what to put into practice now to build a better, more successful tomorrow.  They are impatient; they have little time to reflect, ponder…  they want… Read More Starved For The Practical, The Rejection Of All Things “Liberal” Now Spreads To Disdain For The “Liberal Arts” – Not A Good Thing!

What’s Logic Got To Do With It? – Thinking About The Role Of Emotion In The Pursuit Of Persuasion

How many commercials have you seen for Coca-Cola in your lifetime?  Something close to a gazillion (to adapt Forrest Gump’s word).  I’ve seen many of them and the ones for Pepsi, and 7UP, and… But given a choice, I always buy the Dr Pepper product.  (What can I say?, I’m from Texas!  In my youth,… Read More What’s Logic Got To Do With It? – Thinking About The Role Of Emotion In The Pursuit Of Persuasion

A Quote for the Day about Credibility – from Jason Del Gandio, Rhetoric For Radicals

Aristotle said that there are three primary means of persuasion:  logos (logic); ethos (credibility); and pathos (emotion).  Here is a quick take on ethos – it is all in the eye of the beholder. People are more likely to listen to you and trust you if they see you as credible.  And that’s the key… Read More A Quote for the Day about Credibility – from Jason Del Gandio, Rhetoric For Radicals

Does Your Audience Find You Trustworthy? — 4 Components Of Ethos

“Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided. . . his… Read More Does Your Audience Find You Trustworthy? — 4 Components Of Ethos

The Long View vs. The Short View; or, the old “Forest for the Trees” issue – A Reflection on Learning from Reading Books

I have actually read a fair amount of Aristotle.  Not in the original language (although, a little bit of that too).  But in my graduate work in rhetoric, we had to read Aristotle.  And he is really, really important.  But, now, centuries later, his main ideas are usually summarized by others.  And the summaries are… Read More The Long View vs. The Short View; or, the old “Forest for the Trees” issue – A Reflection on Learning from Reading Books