We’ve made it.
Sweet merciful mother of everything that’s holy, we’re at the end of the debates. Praise be, hallelujia.
We’ve withstood the mud slinging, the ludicrous claims, the hurled invective, the hastily invented “facts.” I feel like we all need and deserve a long, hot shower.
But not before another lesson in rhetoric.
In debate #1, we looked at Red Herrings, Ad Hominems, and Straw Man attacks.
In debate #2, we moved on to tactics for rebuttal, defense and denial.
I’ve left the big one for last. You see, there is an aspect of rhetoric that is shows up in every argument, every debate, every fight. You can’t make your case without relying on one of these three rhetorical qualities, and if you know which one to use and when, you’ll boost your persuasive skills tenfold.
My friends, I’m talking about the rhetorical appeals.
This is fundamental stuff, rhetoric 101. And those appeals were flying fast and thick throughout the third presidential debate. And of course, I’ve created a Pop-Up Rhetoric video to teach you all about them.
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