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Invalid Argument Posters

December 9, 2011 2 comments

By now most of us are familiar with sites like http://www.icanhazcheesburger.com, where an image of anything has a caption placed over it, often making a humorous or non-sensical observation on the image itself. A common theme is to have an odd or nonsensical image, and then have the quote state the subject of the image, and them claim Apodioxis, worded as “you’re argument is invalid.” Below are some examples.

These posters are often used on message boards during a debate, or by a third party, often in a humorous joking way in order to derail said debate. The affect is that its nonsensical correlation between the image, the quote, and how it relates to the debate can have a way of releasing tension in a heated debate.


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Aposiopesis: Example 3

December 6, 2011 1 comment

The final uses of Aposiopesis being analyzed are in a speech given by former president George Bush titled “Columbia.”  This speech is about the space shuttle tragedy that occurred on February 1, 2003.  Throughout the speech, there are many times that president Bush uses Aposiopesis.  While the fact that the speech is a tragedy is a primary reason why he would use silence throughout it, he also uses the silence to his advantage.  Being able to pause frequently allows him to be more careful while giving the speech.

The first instance of aposiopesis to be analyzed in this text is the initial announcement of what specifically has happened.  “The Columbia is lost… there are no survivors… On board was a crew of seven.”  There were two intentional effects of this application of aposiopesis: for Bush to convey to the audience that he personally felt grief over the situation and wanted to express this in order to connect with the audience on a personal level, and to allow the audience a moment to hear and take in what was being said.  Bush was very strategic to place emphasis on these moments of silence, and aposiopesis played an excellent role of creating an emotional atmosphere that was appropriate for delivering such tragic news.

George W. Bush: The Space Shuttle “Columbia” Tragedy Speech to the Nation

“George W. Bush: The Space Shuttle “Columbia” Tragedy Speech to the Nation.” American

Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank. American Rhetoric, n.d. Web. 1 Dec 2011.

<http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/gwbushcolumbia.html&gt;.

Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta’s statement on his website

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta integrates paromologia in a statement on the contact page of his website:

If you can’t get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, my office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need. While we cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome, we will do our best to help you receive a fair and timely response to your problem.

 The congressman’s use of paromologia in the statement creates an interesting effect. While he cordially says that he may be able to solve the problem for you to begin with, he turns right around and clearly points out that you may not be happy with the response.  Perhaps this is the congressman’s way of saying he feels secure in his job and is not concerned about getting citizen’s votes. But perhaps, on a more positive effect, he is saying that he wants to help and will genuinely try, but he wants to make it very clear up front that he can not guarantee anything.

 “Congressman Lou Barletta : Help with a Federal Agency.” Congressman Lou Barletta. Web. 30 Nov. 2011.

Also available here

Anamnesis meets The Simpsons

December 6, 2011 1 comment

An interesting blog maintained by Joey deVilla contains juxtapositions between still shots taken from the popular cartoon, “The Simpsons,” and shots from the movies the show spoofs.  In this case, anamnesis transcends the confines of words, and embarks into the realm of imagery.  “The Simpsons” effectively mimics scenes from movies and once recognized, offers the audience an experience of humor through allusions to scenes that are usually more serious in tone.  When placed side by side, the scenes seem to be precise enough that to an informed eye, the connection is apparent.  The appeal to authority occurs in the original movie scenes and later appeals occur through the cartoon.  The exponential nature of anamnesis in this example conjures a complex and varied emotional quagmire.  The images presented in the movies are inserted into the cartoon, which in turn makes a move away from the original theme to drive the audience into another emotional experience, removed from the intent of the original artifact.

Whether it is Bart Simpson reenacting a scene from “The Karate Kid” or Homer and Marge Simpson revisiting a scene from “An Officer and a Gentleman,” the portrayals inspire a brief consideration of the original.  By evoking a relationship between the allusion and the animated medium, the impact of the memory triggered memory resonates into a multi-layered example of anamnesis.  Even the now famous meme uttered by Homer, “Doh!” has become a word used to convey a moment of slapstick calamity and to soften the mistake with humor.

DeVilla, Joey. ““Simpsons” Scenes and Their Reference Movies [Updated].” The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century — Joey DeVilla’s Personal Blog. Web. 30 Nov. 2011. http://www.joeydevilla.com/2007/09/22/simpsons-scenes-and-their-reference-movies/.

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Hellsing Ultimate Abridged

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

A new genre of media is the Abridged Series: Someone (or a group) who is a fan of a visual work, will edit it’s installments down to manageable size, then add a dub of their own making, consisting of exaggerated personality traits while usually maintaining the general plot. In this example, Apodioxis is shown starting at the 10:00 mark when the topic of the source of a series of attacks is discussed. Alucard (the guy in the red jacket) asks if the ‘large organized group’ his superior talks about could be “The Nazis.” Her response? Remarkably similar to that of a High School student.

“That would be retarded.”

The use of Nazi Survivors or Sympathizers in fiction has quickly become a cliché, to the point where an audience is likely to assume that the writers have run out of ideas, or are so juvenile that they cannot come up with anything unique. By using Apodioxis, the character speaking it works as a stand-in for the audience who might, while watching the unabridged and thus dead serious version, have the same reaction of the thought of Nazis being the villains of the piece. It also signifies the speaker not taking the idea of Nazis being a threat seriously, which in turn shows some ignorance, or even arrogance, on her part, foreshadowing a comeuppance later on when Alucard’s assumption inevitably proves correct.

To watch the example, skip to 10:00

Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. By Takahata101. Perf. Takahata101, Nowhacking, and Megami33. YouTube, 1 Nov. 2010. Web. 5 Dec. 2011.

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Anamnesis and Nazis

December 6, 2011 1 comment

A link, http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/catech.htm, embedded within the Calvin College website displays a Nazi pamphlet kept in the German Propaganda Archive.  The pamphlet explains the purpose of establishing a superior race and which attributes make up that race.  A quote from Adolph Hitler states, “Care must be taken, at least in our nation, that the deadliest enemy (the Jew) is recognized, and that the battle against him is seen as the shining symbol of a brighter day that will also show other peoples the path to the salvation of fighting Aryan humanity.”  Obviously, the pamphlet is shown as a mere historical document, but the message in the introduction calls it striking and mentions how it uses catechism in the title as a tool to suggest religious overtones. The academic structure of the archive presents a purely objective point of view fostered by the innocuous pursuit of academics.  However, the interpretation of the data by a visitor is wide open and considering the malleable nature of consciousness, there are no guarantees that someone would not use the data as a means to manipulate others into that belief system.  The ambiguous nature of anamnesis even lends a consideration of “what if.”  The information is there, and Hitler himself speaks from the grave to back up the claim made through the pamphlet and its 25 program points of the Nazi party.  The pamphlet itself is a rhetorical device that sits in wait for the wrong person to come along and twist the historical significance into a justification to incite hatred.  Ultimately, the ethics of information exchange will determine whether certain propaganda may be displayed so people will remember so as not to repeat the same atrocities, or whether the vitriol will manifest in consciousness at some other point in time.

Bytwerk, Randall. “Nazi Anti-Semitic Catechism.” Calvin College – Minds In The Making. Web. 30 Nov. 2011. <http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/catech.htm&gt;.

Anamnesis and Jesus is Savior

December 6, 2011 2 comments

When referring to another’s sound wisdom in an effort to persuade an audience, the website at http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20America/CCM/dolly_parton-exposed.htm not only accuses Dolly Parton as supporting the power of Satan, but backs up their claim by quoting John Denver as saying, “Music is more powerful than Christianity.”  The use of anamnesis in this instance occurs when specific references are made to reinforce a flimsy supposition.  The odds of Dolly Parton supporting the army of Satan are as probable as teeth growing from a tulip.  The website uses an excerpt of an interview with her where she discusses her recording of the hit song, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.  The webpage includes excerpts from the Bible to back up their flamboyant speculation.  This use of unsupported assertions relies on the foundation of fear and inadequate awareness on behalf of the site’s visitors to lure them into a state of desperate contemplation.  Wake up or face the possible fiery afterlife that awaits them should they give in to their urges to listen to Dolly sing her little ditty about the woman who buys the stairway to heaven.  If their claim is not already rooted firmly in absurdity, they make a statement out of nowhere, “Dolly Parton has fallen into the same New Age heresy as Oprah Winfrey.”  Referring to the words and deeds of contemporary icons to support a fanatical claim is a twisted application of anamnesis.

Stewart, David J. Jesus Christ Is the ONLY Way to Heaven! Web. 30 Nov. 2011. <http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/&gt;.