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Comparative Rhetorical Analysis: The New Media Reader

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Due Date

12/1: 1-page (single spaced) comparative analysis due (bring to class and be ready to discuss)


Submission Guidelines: Bring a hard copy of your comparative analysis to class and be ready to discuss what you've written.  You will turn in your papers after discussion.


[You must be in class to receive credit for this assignment]




You are currently in the midst of writing and revising your own anthology preface.  As you work on revision, it will be helpful to think about the rhetorical strategies used in other anthology prefaces.  For this assignment, you'll be reading two introductions to the same anthology.  The New Media Reader is a collection of pieces about new media technologies, and unlike most anthologies it actually provides two different introductions (one by Janet Murray and another by Lev Manovich).


This gives us a unique opportunity.  We can analyze how two different authors take the "anthological" method we've been discussing in class to the same set of readings.  Each other chooses different ways to explain The New Media Reader, and it will be your task to analyze both of these pieces.  In addition to analyzing each individually, you'll compare the two.  What strategies do both use?  How are they the same? How are they different?


Using the tools of rhetorical analysis we've discussed this semester (spans, stases, author/audience/text/context, ethos, pathos, logos), analyze and compare both of these introductions to The New Media Reader.


Note: Some of the terminology may be new to you, and you also may not recognize the authors of these introductions (or the contributors to The New Media Reader).  This means that you may have to do some internet research about terms and/or authors discussed in these pieces.



Grade Criteria

This assignment be worth ten points (and will be factored into your "forum" grade). When grading your comparative analysis, I will be evaluating the following:


* Have you carefully read each piece?

* Have you used the tools of rhetorical analysis to understand each piece?

* Have you explained the similarities and differences between these two pieces?

* Was the assignment completed on time? (Reminder: I do not accept late work.)

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