Uncovering Hidden Rhetorics
Social Issues in Disguise
- Barry Brummett - The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Content Analysis | Popular Culture (General) | Rhetoric & Rhetorical Theory
Because it is important to know what we are doing if we engage social issues in talk, films, popular music, television, and so forth, understanding how social issues may be disguised in discourse is an important goal. If we need to disguise social issues we should do so with awareness, and we should especially be aware of how those issues may be disguised in the messages we encounter. This book is a collection of essays that explores a wide range of ways in which social issues may be disguised in the public talk of leaders, news media, and ordinary people as well as in the texts of entertainment and popular culture. The goal of the book is to give its readers some tools for seeing the hidden social issues in those texts. Whether you intend to produce public messages or, as is the case for most of us, consume them, knowing how to see through those disguises is important.
"One of the most important benefits of this book is that Brummet and his contributors demonstrate interesting ways to read critically."
An enjoyable text, linking perennial social issues with events and icons from popular culture. Definitely recommended for classes in media discourse.