Web Rhetoric: Internet Users Respond to Constance McMillen

Entries from April 2010

Youtube Video #3: [Day 32] Constance McMillen, I commend your bravery.

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

I want to focus on something in this Youtube video that may seem a little obscure: the song played at the very end. It’s a song called “One Tribe,” by a currently very popular music group called Black Eyed Peas. In video blogs, it is easy to forget that rhetoric involves more than just the […]

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Forum post #1: Catholic Answer

April 25th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Another interesting place where dialog has been springing up is web forums. In an effort to find greater insight into arguments supporting the school’s decision to cancel prom, I read a thread in the Catholic Answer forum. I found this post and this post, both created by the same user, to have a particularly interesting […]

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Facebook image #3: Crying baby.

April 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

If we’re talking about high school, what’s with all the pictures and language about babies? Interestingly, these seem to be attacks on Constance’s character and motives (over dramatic, seeking attention), rather than direct and logical responses to her arguments. These are called ad hominem attacks. Translated directly, ad hominem means “to the man” or “against […]

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Youtube Video #1: The Lesbians Are Behind You, Constance.

April 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Okay, I’ll be honest: I found this video to be pretty humorous. I think much of the humorous value in this video comes from the shock of such a childish cartoon (sing-song voice, animation, simplistic rhyming, name calling) being used to address a controversial issue that is generally entrenched in heated and serious debate. According […]

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