Virtuous Arguments:To say that the present state of general public discourse is abysmal appears self-evident.
The Rush Limbaugh debate along with other types of governmental incivility point out the necessity for the type of instruction available in numerous writing that is first-year, writes John Duffy.
Of all terms that could be put on Rush Limbaugh’s comments that are recent Georgetown University legislation pupil Sandra Fluke — « vile, » « misogynistic » and « repulsive » spring to mind — one word who has room within the discussion is « shock. » Limbaugh has produced phenomenally profitable job of these reviews, mocking ladies, minorities, and others with gleeful impunity. In performing this, he has got influenced a little but disproportionately noisy military of imitators on talk radio, cable, and, increasingly, within the halls of Congress, whoever rhetorical techniques of misinformation, demonization, incendiary metaphors, and poisonous historic analogies have inked much to debase general public discourse. (suite…)