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The Twitterati Feeds

[Note: This article is a rhetorical exercise in style imitation. The content here is fictionalized, although based on a number of real people and their activities in social media. The original text for imitation is Tom Wolfe’s “The Saturday Route,” … Continue reading

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Enthymemes: The Folly of Youth, Singing ‘Kumbaya,’ and Keeping Your Day Job

Following is a rhetorical exercise — I’m trying to analyze some popular sayings. 1.Enthymeme: Youth is wasted on the young. Major Premise: Because of their strength and good health, young people are in a position to get the most out … Continue reading

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Pitfalls of Starting a Business

I’ve written an article called “Don’t Blind Yourself to the Pitfalls of Starting a Business,” but I thought it was appropriate for my “Reluctant Guru” blog, so I have posted the full text there — ¬†follow this link to see … Continue reading

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The Plague of Litter: Conjecture and Definition

(The following is a rhetorical exercise. My objective here is to write at the level of conjecture and definition, but using the verb style rather than the conventional academic noun style. See Richard A. Lanham, Analyzing Prose, New York: Continuum, … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Those Who Listen to What Others Have to Say

(Note: The following is written as an exercise in rhetoric — it’s exploratory and is not meant to be exhaustive. The format is based on the outline given in Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students, Sharon Crowley and Debra Hawhee, Pearson, … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Debatable Question: Circumcision for Gentile Christians in the 1st Century

Note: The following is an exercise in rhetoric. It’s not meant to be a reflection of my personal views. It likely does not identify all possible arguments for either side of the question. See Acts 15:1-31 for the relevant Biblical … Continue reading

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A Recent Argument Against a North Carolina Bottle Bill

On 29 January 2011, the News & Observer of Raleigh, NC, published a letter to the editor by Roger Reilly of Raleigh, arguing against the establishment of a new “bottle bill” in North Carolina — see “Stinky, Sticky.” Reilly’s letter … Continue reading

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