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EJ123 01-30-09 11:11 AM

Rhetorical Situation
 
If you had to write about something that you would in no reason want to write about, or have feelings that would make the piece of writing feel uncomfortable to you, what would that something be?

For example. Say a devout Christian had to write about Atheistic theories, and the person would want to avoid that topic. Or say Bob hated Jimmy. Bob saw Jimmy get hit by a car, and Jimmy told Bob he wanted him to write his eulogy. But since Bob hates the guy, he wouldn't want to write it.

I can't think of anything personally I would not want to write about. I suppose I wouldn't want to write a public apology letter for something I did or didn't do, but would have to apologize anyways. How's that? This is for an English class.

KingTermite 01-30-09 11:20 AM

Sounds to me like you should find a topic you feel strongly about (abortion, death penalty, religion [including non-Christian], etc....) and argue the opposite point that you feel strongly about.

Reminds me of a college project I had once. It was for speech 101 class and we had to have group debates. The teacher took a few of us who were a bit more "outgoing" and made us take the opposite points of view. After doing research against the opposite POV I found that there really were valid arguments against what I believed. It was quite enlightening.

Ka_Jun 01-30-09 11:35 AM

Debate, public speaking, and forensics should be mandatory in schools.

Tom Stormcrowe 01-30-09 11:52 AM

Mentally adopt this position as your own for the exercise and develop your aruments from that pint of view. It's just an exercise to teach you to see other viewpoints than your own.

It's actually a pretty interesting and challenging process, by the way, and one you can have some fun with.

KingTermite 01-30-09 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Ka_Jun (Post 8275579)
Debate, public speaking, and forensics should be mandatory in schools.

I won't disagree with the first two. Forensics? Fun, I'll give ya, but mandatory? Oh...must have been a joke. nevermind.

pacificaslim 01-30-09 12:07 PM

Well, if this is a "rhetorical" question, then you don't expect us to reply, right?

I think the phrase you are looking for is "hypothetical situation."

UnsafeAlpine 01-30-09 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pacificaslim (Post 8275876)
Well, if this is a "rhetorical" question, then you don't expect us to reply, right?

I think the phrase you are looking for is "hypothetical situation."

damn, beat me to it. :p

Ka_Jun 01-30-09 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KingTermite (Post 8275817)
I won't disagree with the first two. Forensics? Fun, I'll give ya, but mandatory? Oh...must have been a joke. nevermind.

No, no joke.

ehidle 01-30-09 12:12 PM

I would have deep personal issues with having to write a piece supporting the global expansion of socialism...

Ka_Jun 01-30-09 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ehidle (Post 8275909)
I would have deep personal issues with having to write a piece supporting the global expansion of socialism...

I would find that easy, but that's just me.

The topic I would have trouble writing about is inappropriate for this forum.

EJ123 01-30-09 01:39 PM

I'm choosing celebrity gossip. Never could I write anything about that.

"Stop the press..Jessica Simpson gained 5 lbs!"

skiahh 01-30-09 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by EJ123 (Post 8275423)
If you had to write about something that you would in no reason want to write about, or have feelings that would make the piece of writing feel uncomfortable to you, what would that something be?

For example. Say a devout Christian had to write about Atheistic theories, and the person would want to avoid that topic. Or say Bob hated Jimmy. Bob saw Jimmy get hit by a car, and Jimmy told Bob he wanted him to write his eulogy. But since Bob hates the guy, he wouldn't want to write it.

I can't think of anything personally I would not want to write about. I suppose I wouldn't want to write a public apology letter for something I did or didn't do, but would have to apologize anyways. How's that? This is for an English class.

These sound more like ironic situations.

huerro 01-30-09 07:43 PM

I'd probably write about the time jsharr invited me in to see his collection of princess figurines.

Thinking about it makes me very uncomfortable.


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