Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Week Three Critique Substitution (All)

For those students that are interested in doing the alternative assignment, in the place of Week Three's critique, the following resources can prove useful.

Option One:

Analyze a given political speech and identify at least six fallacies. In this respect, you are expected to turn in a document that:

1. Briefly summarizes what you are going to do;

2. A proper citation of the speech;

3. Alongside the following:(a) a list of the passages you are quoting, (b) an identification of the fallacy said passage represents and (c)your argument for why said passage is the fallacy that you have listed.

Further, here are links to representative speeches that can be assessed:

1. A webcast and text of Zell Miller's "controversial," "2004 Republican National Convention Address" (American Rhetoric, 2004) (accessed February 13, 2008).

2. George W. Bush's second inaugural address, "President Sworn-In to Second Term" (The White House, January 20, 2005) (accessed February 13, 2008).

3. And Stephen Colbert (from "The Colbert Report")"controversial" speech, "Colbert Roasts President Bush - 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner" (Google Video, C-SPAN, April29, 2006) (accessed February 13, 2008). Remember, Stephen Colbert is a satirist and is "trying" to be funny, though, at the same time he makes allot of fallacious claims.

Option Two:

You can analyze at least two episodes from "The Daily Show" ( or "The Colbert Report" ( and identify at least three fallacies in both episodes.

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