Critical Meter

Throughout The Rhetorica Network I will analyze speeches and news items using various critical techniques and terms. Please refer to this critical meter for explanations. I encourage you to put these techniques to use in your own pursuit of truth. A little digging will reveal much about how journalists and politicians shape our political culture with words. If you come across any interesting examples that I have not covered, please send feedback with your own critiques and comments.  Also see the Rhetorica online rhetoric textbook.

Sources: Journalism Ethics by John C. Merrill; Modern Rhetorical Criticism by Roderick P. Hart; Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student; by Edward P. J. Corbett; The Art of Political Manipulation, by William Riker; Understand and Act: Classical Rhetoric, Speech Acts, and the Teaching of Critical Democratic Participation, by Andrew R. Cline.


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