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Emotions and personal experience in rhetoric
Journalism & Communication
Pages 3 (753 words)
Your Name Prof’s Name Course code Date Emotion, Personal Experience and Rhetoric: a dangerous combination? Personal experience forms a fundamental component of how everyone interacts with their world: it creates ideas, as well as strategies for communicating them.
This kind of rhetoric can be incredibly powerful, because of its emotional resonance and ease of understanding, but it can also be a double-edged sword, because it is so difficult to transfer to different contexts, and so bound in emotional understanding. In the assigned text, personal experience plays several important rhetorical roles. In fact, it fills most rhetorical purposes that are possible: it is the reason the author is interested in the subject, forms the basis for the author’s authority on the subject of vaccination and disability that he or she discusses, and serves as an emotionally poignant point of connection between the author and his or her audience, which both strengthens and weakens his or her argument simultaneously. The author’s interest in the subject – vaccination and its link with disabilities such as autism – seems to stem entirely from his/her personal experience in dealing with his/her family. The author seems that he/she would have no other interest in the subject if not for the fact that it has, in his/her opinion, directly impacted his/her family. The author discusses the effort his/her family put into pregnancy, “not smoking,” and “not drinking” and being careful about mercury intake via fish, only to have, all of that work undone by vaccinations, or so he/she believes. ...
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