Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:04 pm Post subject: Should there be a rule on rhetoric?
I'd like to encourage more thoughtful discussion of ideas on this board instead of the rare intellectual shortcut that we call rhetoric.
Rhetoric represents pre-packaged focus-tested points that may be good for television, but there's more space to discuss original thoughts here.
So, should we call people on rhetoric and ask them to elaborate parroted talking points when they make them?
"The Liberals are corrupt"
"Bush has been the worst/best president ever"
"The War on Terror has been a disaster"
"They hate us for our freedoms"
These points can be made. However, we've heard them all before and they don't add anything new to the discussion. Should we encourage people when they use rhetoric to elaborate? (That last question might be rhetorical in nature!)
Certainly, one of the dangers of a mostly conservative forum is that we'll be quick to rely on rhetoric. On the other hand, I think the best way to tackle that, rather than attacking people for its use, is to ask for clarification and details.
I certainly encourage everyone, myself included, to watch themselves for rhetoric-itis.
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