Rhetoric: Language and Communication

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Rhetoric has had many explain and develop its understanding into new ideas and concepts. As such, communication has also developed greatly. Including newly developed theories and practices. J. D. Applen’s “Writing for the Web: Composing, Coding, and Constructing Web Sites” covers communication media. The chapter entitled “Old media, new media, and knowledge” mentions how media has allowed people to shape and receive both knowledge and information for hundreds of years. This includes both print and electronic forms of media, newspapers, and, with the introduction of television, news channels. In addition, spoken words, written words from the past and present, and electronic words used via technology can convey messages to audiences. It can also affect the individual’s ability to understand the idea they strive to convey to their audience.

In the paragraph “Speaking, Writing, and Literacy,” human language is explored in its development over time. The author mentions how way before our media of today was developed, communication was done orally. Because of this, languages used today exist thanks to this oral form of communication. Thousands of languages on Earth with different cultures and ideas are all present today thanks to oral forms of communication. And now, thanks to today’s communication media, print and electronic, languages will be kept documented for future generations to view or discuss. Things like slang or dialect can be documented more accurately as well. For example, Shakespeare often used what was considered “Old Modern English” in his plays. This type of dialect was present from the 1500s to the 1750s. Overall, communication is key in not only interacting and sharing knowledge but in preserving information and cultures.


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