Blog Post 5 Prompt – Analyze the Rhetoric of a Podcast
Due date: Friday, April 21st to our course blog by 5 p.m.
For your blog post, please complete the following: To prepare for your final podcast project, you will select a podcast from the list below and conduct a short rhetorical analysis of roughly 300-500 words. Your analysis should identify specific rhetorical strategies that the podcast uses, such as structure, tone, formality/informality, Q&A, the appeals, commonplace, decorum, and so on. You can discuss the content and the style of the podcast. You may also discuss the episode’s rhetorical successes and failures.
Also, if you feel up to it, include as your cover image a photo of yourself or your pet during quarantine, or something silly or cute to make us laugh.
- Upload an image of your choosing
- Be free of grammar/spelling errors and composed in a professional tone
- Be thorough yet concise, roughly 300-500 words
- My Favorite Murder: “Investigateighteen.” True Crime podcast that recounts famous and infamous crimes. This episode covers the survival story of Mary Vincent, and the murder of Cheryl Ann Commesso.
- Radio Rookies Podcast: “Why Do I Stay” Journalism/Testimony. Follows the raw firsthand account of a teenager in an abusive relationship over the course of a year.
- The Bechdel Cast: “Black Panther.” Assesses feminism (writ large) or lack thereof in classic movies and box-office hits. This episode focuses on Black Panther.
- This Podcast Will Kill You: “COVID-19 Chapter 1: Virology.” Grad students in Disease Ecology, the hosts cover many burning questions about the virus.
- Still Processing: “Sorry.” Assesses, in conversational and digestible fashion, the art of apology in an age of hashtag cancel culture.
- How Did This Get Made: “Drop Dead Fred.” Comedy podcast discussing so bad they’re almost good movies.
- Dissect: choose your own episode, if you have access to Spotify. Music podcast that does a deep dive into a single album per season (one song per episode).