Facebook,Email, Instagram Description
Inour everyday lives, we are put in rhetorical situations because weare constantly having to talk to or with others. Rhetoricalsituations are ones in which an individual may use rhetoric such as aspeech, essay, or anything involving one person speaking to anaudience on any subject (Bryant, Kendra N). In simpler terms, theyare circumstances in which we communicate. Rhetoric refers to usinglanguage effectively to persuade, inform, educate, or entertain. Therhetorical situation encompasses some factors that include thewriter, purpose audience, and topic as the writing context and theculture in which we write. This exposition seeks to identify some ofmy posts in my daily writing scenarios through Facebook, email, andInstagram that pass as rhetoric situations.
Iscanned through my emails and found this particular one that I hadaddressed to a school board. What had happened is that a local middleschool board had fired a popular principal and a teacher onallegations that the two were always siding with the student bodyeven on issues that they were not supposed to. The board furtheraccused them of derailing the implementation of some new rules thatwould see students be grounded for a longer time than previously. Asa guardian of a student in the school, I was compelled to address theemail to the board to present my case in support of the principal andthe teacher. I intended to persuade the board to reconsider theiraction against the two. I believed they had the interests of thestudents at heart just like the other individuals that thought theywere troublesome. Grounding students for longer hours would notentirely improve their discipline levels. Rather, a more holisticapproach would be necessary to address the issue rather than adoptdraconian rules.
Througha particular Facebook post, I wrote a status update that invitedpeople to a tree planting event at a particular city park during aweekend. The target audience was all my Facebook friends and anybodyelse who cared to read the post. The post outlined the benefits ofplanting trees anywhere and not just in the park. Therefore,alongside informing and persuading, this post was to educate thepublic on the advantages of tree planting. Personally, I ampassionate about the environment and would do whatever is necessaryto take care of it. The Facebook post was effective in achieving myreason for writing. It prompted encouraging answers from friends thatadmired my determination and offered words of encouragement.Consequently, many people turned out and the event was a success.
Thereis this one time that I was about to sit my semester`s examinations.I was studying to improve my grades. I posted a photo of myself witha computer, books, and a cup of coffee. The caption of the picturewas asking my followers to pray for me during my examinations. Myintention was to call the online audience into action-prayer. Ibelieve the visual appeal in the Instagram post played a crucial rolein meeting my objective. Through the various likes and commentsreceived, I could conclude that my followers heeded my call andprobably did pray for me. I cannot accurately confirm that, though.At a minimum, their responses sounded positive.
Inconclusion, every writing scenario we face a rhetoric situation. Uponreflection on my different writing situations through email,Facebook, and Instagram, I realize that each post aimed to achieveits specific objectives. The email intended to persuade the schoolboard to reconsider their decision while the Facebook post was toinform, persuade, and educate the public on the advantages of treeplanting. Lastly, the Instagram post was to call followers to action.Most importantly, we should keep in mind that rhetoric situationsexist almost in all aspects of our lives and how we handle them is amatter of choice.
Bryant,Kendra N., ed. Engaging21st Century Writers with Social Media.United States: Information Science Reference, 2016. Print.