Archive for August, 2011

Blog 3 – Objective Academic Summary – “I Had an Abortion”

In the composition, “I Had an Abortion,” Swift argues that a plain t-shirt with a simple sentence printed in plain writing is a piece of rhetoric and ought be used as such to begin discourse and dialogue. She explains the reason the shirt was printed and discusses the (arguable) meaning of the words, as well as the use of simple and plain print and color. She also writes about how the rhetorical discourse can and will change depending on the wearer (rhetor) of the shirt and may also change depending where the rhetor purchases the shirt (second-hand vs. Planned Parenthood).


Blog 2 – Bitzer words

Words I can figure out with context, but not necessarily on their own:

1. Epideictic – an adjective describing something “designed to display something, esp the skill of the speaker in rhetoric” (

2. Inextricably – unable to get undone or untangled. Unable to solve or get out of.

3. Constituents – a component or piece

4. Punted – used as a verb in Bitzer’s writings, it means propelling a small, flat-bottomed boat with a large stick used to push off the bottom of a lake.

5. Pragmatic – According to it means something “of or pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations” or “pertaining to the affairs of state or community.”

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