Reality Bites: Rhetoric and the Circulation of Truth Claims in U.S. Political Culture

Reality Bites: Rhetoric and the Circulation of Truth Claims in U.S. Political Culture

by Dana L. Cloud


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ISBN-13: 9780814254653
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 02/17/2018
Edition description: 1
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 262,878
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dana L. Cloud is Professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. She is a longtime activist for social justice and the author of We Are the Union: Democratic Unionism and Dissent at Boeing and Control and Consolation in American Politics and Culture: Rhetorics of Therapy.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface: Facing Reality in the Trump Era ix

Introduction: Toward A Rhetorical Realism 1

Limits of the Reality-Based Community 3

Problems with Rhetorical Relativism 4

Toward a Rhetoric of Belief 5

1 Rhetorical Realism, or, Theory in the Real World 13

Realism's Bad Rap: Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and Postmodernism 16

Theory and Reality 20

Rhetoric as a Resource for a Critical Realism 21

The Rhetorical Study of Science: Understanding Mediation 24

Mediation in Public Spheres 28

Marxism as a Resource for Rhetorical Realism 29

Conclusion: Mediation, Standpoint, Fidelity 34

2 Toward A Spectacular Struggle, or, on the Power of the Big Five 36

Affect and Emotion 40

Embodiment 42

Narrative and Myth 43

Spectacle and Celebrity 46

What about Humor? 49

Two Problems by Way of Conclusion 50

3 Pants on Fire! On the Rhetoric of Fact-Checking in U.S. Political Culture 52

The Explosion of Fact-Checking 54

The Complexity of Falsehood 56

A Quantitative Mode of Propaganda: An Example 58

Alternative Critical Approaches 59

Frame-Checking the Abortion Video Controversy 64

Fact-Checkers' Responses 69

Alternative Framing Strategies 71

Conclusion: Frame-Checking as Perspective and Method 73

4 Framing Whistleblowers-Secret Agents and Queer Failure 75

News Narratives and Media Framing 78

The Importance of Mediation and Media(tion) Frames 80

Framing Edward Snowden 82

Framing Chelsea Manning 95

Conclusion: Manning's Queer Failure 103

5 Cosmos and the Big Five Bang 106

Ordering the Cosmos 109

Cosmos and the Big Five 112

Nuclear Contradictions 122

An Excursus on Rhetorical and Scientific Education 128

Cosmic Pedagogy 133

6 From Thomas Paine to #BlackLivesMatter: The Tasks of Making Revolutionary Common Sense 138

Common Sense: New Form, New Vision 140

Paine and the Big Five 145

Paine's Implicit Theory of Ideology and Mediation 148

The Paine of Our Time: Public Intellectuals, #BlackLivesMatter, and Social Revolution 149

Conclusion; The Revolutionary Intervention of Common Sense 155

Conclusion: The Fact of Our Crisis 158

Notes 169

Glossary of Key Terms 187

Bibliography 191

Index 208

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