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    Jacob Hakimi

    “Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing”“Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Environments”, are two texts in which the concept of rhetoric is deeply explored. Each text offers its own unique analysis to the power and necessity of rhetoric. In all three writings, there are similarities and differences alike. In Mary E. Hocks work called“Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Environments”, the main point that the author attempts to convince upon the audience is that visual rhetoric is of upmost importance to an author. The reason that this is true is because of the persuasive power of rhetoric. Hocks argues that when used properly, the combination of visualization along with traditional rhetoric is a powerful tool. “Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing” by Elizabeth Losh, Jonathan Alexander, Kevin Cannon, and Zander Cannon is another text that argues for the use of visual rhetoric in a text because of its power to persuade audiences. In a similar fashion to the article by Mary E. Hocks, the respective articles of the aforementioned article agree that visual rhetoric is necessary for the main reason of persuasion. Additionally, Losh, Alexander, and the Cannon’s make persuasive arguments in their own respective texts that using rhetoric through visualization helps to demonstrate the values of the author or the values that the author is looking to push onto his or her audience through the text. It is quite clear that there are similarities between these two articles when it comes to attempting to explain not only the benefit but the necessity of using visual rhetoric in articles. One example of how visual rhetoric is important, as brought up by Losh, Alexander, and the Cannon’s is that visual rhetoric can be used in comic books as well as in traditional articles, yet both will do just as much good.

    • This topic was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by Jacob Hakimi.

    Hey Jacob–

    This response was great! I appreciate your thoughtfulness and how you referred back to some of the scholars cited in the pieces you read. You did a great job summarizing the main claims of the piece, but next time I’d like you to take it the next level and try to find an example from your personal experience to ground the theories you’ve read about.

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