November 19, 2012
Boring From Within
while reading Ann Georges article "Mr. Burke, Meet Helen Keller" the three rhetorical strategies that both used to push a leftist agenda in the 20's. Though only one wrote from a rhetorical perspective, both Burke and Keller met their resistant audiences by these three strategies; "boring from within, translation, and perspective by incongruity." The first two of these are both means of identification but I found the first very important when dealing with a resistant audience. People often take an accusatory tone or seem to come off with one to their audience when the topic is something they are wholly opposed to from the start, thus coming from within the group, and speaking as one of them and understanding things from the audiences perspective will make them more willing to listen. Connecting to an audience is essential to making a difference, whether it is just changing their way of thinking or moving them to action, a rhetor is much stronger when he is able to use these strategies and understands the importance of the first in being able to use the other two.