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Values advocacy: Enhancing organizational images, deflecting public criticism, and grounding future arguments
Abstract In this article, the authors argue that organizations today routinely engage in values advocacy—or the appeal to shared cultural values—in order to perform three distinct functions: (1) toExpand
George W. Bush's post-September 11 rhetoric of covenant renewal: upholding the faith of the greatest generation
The appeal of Bush's post-September 11 discourse lies in its similarities with the Puritan rhetoric of covenant renewal by which ministers brought second- and third-generation Puritans into theExpand
The internet rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan: A case study in web site community building run amok
Many scholars have praised the Internet as a locale where positive community building takes place. Conversely, this study examines 23 KKK web sites as an exemplar of how groups may engage inExpand
Making light of James Watt: A Burkean approach to the form and attitude of political cartoons
This essay demonstrates the applicability of Brukean concepts to political cartoons. More specifically, it examines a sample of eighty‐three James Watt cartoons and explains: (a) the formal strategyExpand
Proclaiming the Truman Doctrine: The Cold War Call to Arms
'I believe it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are...resisting attempted subjugation...'With these words, Harry S. Truman announced a profound shift in U.S. foreignExpand
Vice-Presidential Comedy and the Traditional Female Role: An Examination of the Rhetorical Characteristics of the Vice Presidency.
This essay explains the vice‐presidential role and its rhetorical characteristics through an examination of public talk by and about those who run for the vice‐presidential office. More specifically,Expand
History, Collective Memory, and the Appropriation of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Reagan’s Rhetorical Legacy
All human beings draw upon their understanding of the past in order to make decisions about the future, and political leaders are no different. Not only do political leaders use their conceptions ofExpand
Epideictic Rhetoric in the Service of War: George W. Bush on Iraq and the 60th Anniversary of the Victory over Japan
This essay explores the relationship between epideictic discourse and war through the analysis of George W. Bush's August 20, 2005, address at the Naval Air Station near San Diego, ostensibly toExpand