Blog Prompt # 4: for the week of February 5-11
This week’s prompt asks you to think critically about the importance of using effective support for an argument based on the rhetorical situation and audience. Specifically, you should focus on the ways in which an audience’s gender influences the structure of an argument and the extent to which the way that we employ support as writers and process it as members of an audience with relation to gender stereotypes.
Take a look at the following three video clips; the first and second are television advertisements, and the third is a scene from the 1980”/90’s TV sitcom “The Golden Girls,” in which a salesman is attempting to persuade the women to purchase a security system for their home.
After watching each clip, consider and respond to the following: Who is the target audience? What type of evidence is being used-factual evidence or appeals to needs and values? Does the type of support used in any way relate to gender stereotypes? What might be the rhetorical benefits of being aware of and/or relying upon such stereotypes? What might be the rhetorical pitfalls?
Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, February 11.