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Media argumentation : dialectic, persuasion, and rhetoric / Douglas Walton.

Author/Creator:
Walton, Douglas N.
Publication:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 386 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Reasoning.
Fallacies (Logic).
Mass media.
Summary:
Media argumentation is a powerful force in our lives. From political speeches to television commercials to war propaganda, it can effectively mobilize political action, influence the public, and market products. This book presents a new and systematic way of thinking about the influence of mass media in our lives, showing the intersection of media sources with argumentation theory, informal logic, computational theory, and theories of persuasion. Using a variety of case studies that represent arguments that typically occur in the mass media, Douglas Walton demonstrates how tools recently developed in argumentation theory can be usefully applied to the identification, analysis, and evaluation of media arguments. He draws on the most recent developments in artificial intelligence, including dialogical theories of argument, which he developed, as well as speech act theory. Walton provides a structural analysis not only of individual types of argument commonly employed in the mass media, but also of pragmatic frameworks (models of goal-directed conversation) in which such arguments are used. Each chapter presents solutions to problems central to understanding, analyzing, and criticizing media argumentation.
Contents:
Logic, dialectic, and rhetoric
The speech act of persuasion
Propaganda
Appeals to fear and pity
Ad hominem arguments in political discourse
Arguments based on popular opinion
Fallacies and bias in public opinion polling
Persuasive definitions and public policy
Arguments
The structure of media argumentation.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-372) and index.
ISBN:
9780521876902
0521876907
9780521700306
0521700302
OCLC:
76967266