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Generative Work of Rhetoric and Language – Blog # 2

After reading “The Technical Communicator as Author: Meaning, Power, Authority” and “Writing is a Technology That Restructures Thought,” I have come to a thorough understanding more so of language and writing than of rhetoric, but I think that this understanding can be applied to rhetoric. Language is the basis of rhetoric because without language we could not conceive rhetoric. However, we rely on technology – writing – as a rhetorical strategy to communicate with others. We require technology, whether it’s writing or computers, to accomplish our rhetorical purpose. People often forget how much of an advancement in technology writing is because it is so engrained in our concept of language that it does not seem that advanced. Yet, many languages have not and will not be written down. Rhetoric requires us to write things down, just as Plato did, and use that writing as a way to send a message. Writing helps us to organize our thoughts and develop complex and articulate arguments.

Furthermore, within the rhetorical process, there are different ways that receivers can interpret the message. Some scholars believe that the message senders have all the power – namely, the authors of a message. Others believe that the senders are not all-powerful because they have to deal with certain complications such as noise and misinterpretation by the receiver. It is hard to believe that senders can just inject a certain message into receivers that will prompt a certain action. I’m sure that on some level senders (authors) want to believe that they have that much power, but I feel that the rhetoric requires more than just power. Rhetoric requires a fully developed argument that utilizes language and writing rather than just being the sender of a message.

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