CMN 656 Group Observation 2

Group Observation 2:

Below are the requirements for group observation 2

The purpose of this observation is to gain insight into participants’ orientations toward public problems by disclosing how they use language to emphasize some meanings and diminish other possible meanings. To accomplish this, you are going to compare how people depict the same problem based on materials generated through preferably face to face interviews. Everyone in your group will be observing the rhetoric on the problem they are studying for your term project.

Divide yourselves so that your group interviews different participants, preferably those who hold different, if not also opposing, perspectives on the problem. Conduct brief interviews with at least three people who are participants. Ask them (1) what sticks out in your mind as the most significant development or event on this topic in the past two or three years? (2) what is the most important issue, in your mind, on this topic? (3) what is the most significant local value that you think is at stake ion this topic? (4) what reason or reasons do those who don’t share your view offer for their position? (5) why do you disagree with them? Your interview observations will provide evidence for analytical claims made in TPR #2.

And below are the requirements for term project report #2 which is the next assignment. I am just giving you a general idea about what we need to do in the next couple of weeks.

Term Project Report #2

Owners narrow rhetorical exigencies or problems by framing issues, or what Hauser called the “rhetorical structure of public problems.” When doing so, they necessarily create a symbolic perspective on the alternative positions on the issues and on those who hold them. We want to get at both how issues are narrowed and the alternative symbolic perspectives on these issues in their report. Conduct an analysis of language that discloses (1) How each side depicts what it views as the major issue. (2) how each side depicts its own position on that issue and (3) how each side depicts the other side’s position. Your analysis should therefore disclose how the issues are being symbolically defined and addressed. It should include a discussion of:

  • The most important issue or issues in the contending parties ‘public discourses (the problem, cause, remedy, and /or costs and benefits)
  • The principal feministic screens that contending parties use to symbolically name or define the issues and screen the meanings of their own positions and opposing positions in response to those issues. Identify tropes and genres (if relevant)
  • Identification and division among participants in the discourse about the issues created by these feministic screen
  • Dominant discourses that participants drawn upon as rhetorical resource. Also discuss critical discourses used to challenge dominant discourses (if applicable)
  • Materials from group observation 2
  • At least three scholarly sources on rhetoric concepts used in this report.

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