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rhetoric, persuasion, culture

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Assignment 2: Cultural Artifact


Description: This assignment asks you to think about the cultures of which you are a part, to choose an artifact (or artifacts) from one of those cultures, and to analyze that artifact through a rhetorical lens. This lens should take into account how you, and others within your culture, engage with a specific rhetorical artifact in the world.

Step 1: Identify the cultures of which you are a part and complete Exercise 1.6 (pg 25) from the Brummet Rhetoric & Popular Culture Reading (see D2L, wk6 Rhetoric Culture.pdf). We talked about definitions of culture in class on 2/7 and 2/12, as did the readings for these days, so make sure to ground yourself in definitions of culture. Be prepared to talk about your culture(s) and your responses to Exercise 1.6 in class on Wednesday, February 14.

Step 2: Choose one of your cultures to focus on in this paper/project. Now choose one artifact (or a set of related artifacts) to analyze in this project. Remember, Brummet defines an artifact as "1) an action, event, or object perceived as a unified whole, 2) having widely shared meanings, and 3) manifesting group identifications to us" (18). This artifact must also be rhetorical. So remember how you defined "rhetoric" in Unit 1 and make sure your artifact is, in some way, rhetorical. Bring artifact(s) to class on Monday, February 19.

Step 3: Compose the project. This project can be a paper, video, or visual project. No matter what form it takes, you need to make sure to address the following:

  1. Describe how you are defining culture (CITE readings from class), explain the culture that you are addressing in this paper, and describe how you are a part of this culture.
  2. Describe your artifact(s) and explain how this artifact is rhetorical (make sure to define rhetoric here, you might want to cite a reading if it helps ground your definition)
  3. Explain why this artifact matters to your culture and why it matters to you. It might not necessarily be that the artifact is highly valuable to your culture (but it might be), it could simply be that the artifact has a particular resonance or importance for your culture in a way it would not for other cultures.
  4. Somewhere in the project, briefly discuss how an outsider to your culture might understand or engage with your artifact. Would it be important or relevant to them in the same ways? Why or why not?

DRAFT DUE for Peer Revew IN CLASS Wednesday, February 28

DUE in D2L DROPBOX by classtime on Monday, March 12