Learned the Art of Persuasion

First, I’d like to say that I really enjoyed taking Rhetoric this semester. When I signed up for this class, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting myself into, since rhetoric is such a broad subject. We hear the word ‘rhetoric’ a lot, but I don’t think that many people know exactly what it…

The Rhetoric of Coronavirus

The podcast I chose to analyze is titled “COVID-19 Chapter 1: Virology” from “This Podcast Will Kill You.” This podcast was created by Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke, two graduate students who are studying Disease Ecology. In this episode, Erin and Erin discuss many important questions surrounding the coronavirus. Some topics that they discuss…

“Herky of the Corn” Looks as Scary as You’d Think

“Herky of the Corn” is enveloped in a green corn husk. Its body is completely covered in yellow and white corn kernels. The statue itself aims to mimic an ear of corn. It is assumed that “Herky of the Corn” is male, due to the fact that most (if not, all) Herky statues portray Herky…

A 47 Minute Apology to a Fish?

Link to apology:  https://youtu.be/nFwMTG6T_PI An apology is a formal acknowledgment of any wrongdoing or mistake. In apologies, especially public ones, rhetorical strategies can be employed with the intent to win favor with an audience or to reduce the perception of fault. For this assignment, I have chosen to analyze Jenna Marbles’ iconic 47-minute-long apology video. This…

I don’t really feel like getting asbestos just for being an English major

The English-Philosophy Building is terrible and should be burned down.  My first encounter with my commonplace began on the first day of my freshman year at the University of Iowa. I went to my Interpretation of Literature class that was held twice a week in the English-Philosophy Building. I had never seen this building before,…

Emily Miller: Big Scorpio Energy

My name is Emily Miller, and I’m a first year student at the University of Iowa. I am majoring in English and International Studies with a concentration in Human Rights. I’m also on a Pre-law track. After law school, I hope to pursue a career with the FBI or the CIA (Silence of the Lambs…