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?
Bishop Huddleston's criticism of Enoch Powell's incendiary "Rivers of blood" speech was both a history lesson and a call to action against racism.
What we regard today as scientific evidence can trace its roots back to the ancient art of persuasion.
'Paul, Apostle of Christ' is an enjoyable movie but its sugary message is like a can of soda: easy to swallow but not good for you with ideals that have have been manipulated to project a golden era.
Why right-wing populism gets the tradition of legality and justice exactly the wrong way round.
President Trump's first year was a rough one for scientists and others who value truth and expertise. Many rallied to the cause, while others used research to make the case for the value of science.
Trump is a master of using anger to motivate his base. An anti-terrorism researcher explains how to stem the tide.
Eloquent Obama and bombastic Trump certainly have different speaking styles. But a big data analysis of their speeches also shows a surprising commonality.
Even Donald Trump has paid his respects to Lincoln as an emblem of unity.
With emotionally charged rhetoric from both sides of the aisle and many parents in a heightened state of distress, children are more vulnerable than ever to anxiety. What can parents do?
The authors of a new book have data that show politicians and the media love talking about heroes, but ordinary people are much more reluctant. That difference could have political consequences.
A scholar of rhetoric makes note of one way Trump’s language has changed since he became president.
If you've only ever paired the idea of 'rhetoric' with 'empty,' think again. Rhetoricians of science have concrete techniques to share with researchers to help them communicate their scientific work.
Whatever you think of her politics, May's decision to rise above divisive tough talk was an admirable one.
The @RoguePOTUSStaff account claims to be a genuine inside source of West Wing dirt, and hundreds of thousands of people seem to trust it.
Scientists are concerned that politics will trump evidence in the new administration. A researcher of political psychology explains why these worries matter far beyond questions of science.
Rhetoric can tell us a great deal about a person, or a President. Donald Trump's inaugural address was light (but dark) on metaphors, and full of divisive antitheses.
An address that's normally a call for unity instead mirrored the rhetoric of his campaign: unfocused, contradictory and divisive.