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Aristotle Meets Apple: Rhetoric in the Podcast

dc.contributor.advisorClayton, John
dc.contributor.authorButrico, Anna
dc.descriptionEnglish Department Honors Thesis. This thesis is a multimedia project that has both written and audio components. The introduction and conclusion to the thesis are podcasts themselves, and there are sound bites within the thesis that showcase the podcasts discussed. Refer to the “Butrico Introduction Podcast” MP3 file to hear the introductory podcast, work through the “Sound Bites for Chapter 1 – 3” folders to listen to the bites embedded within the piece, and refer to the “Butrico Conclusion Podcast” file to hear the conclusion.en_US
dc.description.abstractPodcasts such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History and Manoush Zomorodi’s Note to Self, engage with, and extend, the deliberative rhetorical form. Aristotle defined deliberative rhetoric as a persuasive genre that identified problems (typically within the Greek polis) to then recommended policies for change. While the content of these podcasts adhere to this classical deliberative form – detecting issues and proposing solutions within their episodes – the podcast’s form allows for a modern update and extension of this process. Through sound edits, colloquial narration, and music, the podcast encourages new and extended listener participation, where audience members are prompted to solve presented problems themselves. My analysis of Revisionist History and Note to Self will begin with the classical courtroom setting of deliberative rhetoric and then extend into more nonconformist spaces like the Internet, illustrating the new shapes and settings deliberative rhetoric takes on in the podcast, as well as the reach this medium extends to listeners to solve problems on their own.en_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectDeliberative Rhetoricen_US
dc.titleAristotle Meets Apple: Rhetoric in the Podcasten_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.departmentEnglish Departmenten_US

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