Each spin of the news cycle hits us with another 'bombshell,' while everything from free speech to race has been 'weaponized.' What's the effect of being relentlessly exposed to metaphors of war?
Difficult to pronounce, synecdoche is the form of rhetoric used by President Trump when he told four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to the “corrupt” countries they came from.
A polarized electorate is divided into tribal camps that demonize each other. That's the setting for the upcoming midterm elections. If the US continues down this path, democracy will suffer.
In Kenneth Burke's 'The War of Words,' the late rhetorical theorist picks apart the little ways news articles can subtly influence readers – and harden divisions.
Trump's surrogates have deployed tried and true rhetorical techniques to defend the president.
Aristotle coined the term "enthymeme" to refer to arguments, words and ideas that are broadly accepted among the people of a nation. So what happens when enthymemes start to disappear?
In the abstract, this near-mythic figure represents bravery, hard work and manliness.
It was remarkable to see Donald Trump stay on script for a full 80 minutes. It also proved what a gruelling tradition the State of the Union is.
The Conversation's experts annotate Treasurer Scott Morrison's 2017-18 budget speech.
For all their defiant talk of 'business as usual', savvy leaders know that any good response to a crisis is also an emotional performance.
Whatever you think of her politics, May's decision to rise above divisive tough talk was an admirable one.
An address that's normally a call for unity instead mirrored the rhetoric of his campaign: unfocused, contradictory and divisive.
Trump will be the 44th man to take to the inaugural podium. Very few have left a mark on it.
Heading into the last days of the Obama administration, the outgoing first lady cemented a noble legacy for herself.
Scholars of communications pick apart the rhetoric behind the 'war on coal' and explain why it ultimately benefits the coal industry.
While the US is reeling from rampant fake online news, political movements in Europe are using the internet as a powerful democratic symbol to win elections. Will cyber-optimism or pessimism win?
In reelection bid, Merkel's not just up against a xenophobic, nationalist party in Germany. In the wake of Trump’s election, liberal democracies around the world hope she'll defend them, too.
A good concession speech will use what rhetorical scholars call 'transcendent rhetoric,' which emphasizes conciliatory, unifying language.
Why is figurative language more powerful – and what feelings exactly does it stir in an audience?
An expert in political rhetoric singles out Trump's repeated use of reification – the tendency to treat people as things – and the role it's played in his tortured response to the leaked tape.