Forum F

Please post your freewrite in which you identified the rhetorical situation of and responded to the infographic as assigned in Freewrite #3.

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6 responses to “Forum F

  1. In the article, “Tear Down This Wall,” by Robert A. Di Leso Jr. there are several images depicting well-known walls, which have been created to block citizens from crossing over from one side to the other. In this posting for Good Magazine, Di Leso utilizes visual rhetoric to help emphasize the clear dividers people have made to separate themselves. In the reading, it explained that a triangle could be used to help when analyzing rhetoric. Each point in the triangle is appointed a specific aspect that together creates visual rhetoric. One of the examples of the triangle shows the points as being the rhetor, the audience and the text. In Di Leso’s article, he reinforces the already powerful images with minimal text that helps to point the reader in a clear direction for their opinion on the topic. Some of the examples are of dividers within the same country. Di Leso also has an illustration of a food that is associated with the country that further helps the audience to visualize the barrier more clearly. In the article, he has his own style of presenting Aristotle’s three ways of persuading (ethos), easy visual images to understand (pathos), and the information presented is simple and direct to his point (logos). The argument of this article is that people have in the past made barriers to divide them from others but this is something that is still present today. There are always lines that people put up for others to not cross whether they are actual walls that you can see or not, it is human instinct to create them.

  2. “Tear Down this Wall,” is an article by Robert A. Di Leso from sept/oct 2007, which displays many famous walls or barriers that have separated many throughout history, whether it be to keep certain people out, to show a boundary, or other types of prevention. Di Leso uses many images to clearly state his message, which is visual rhetoric. He makes people understand, through his imagery, about these great barriers, and along with the pictures he gives a very brief description of what they are, and what they were/are for. His main message is also written up top, which is, “We keep finding ways to keep people apart.” So his message, obviously, is to persuade you to understand why people are being kept apart and that it is wrong for these barriers to have been or be where they are for various reasons. In the readings, we were taught how to look at his visual rhetoric in a different way through the way he explains the triangle when looking at rhetorical context. We, the reader then have a response, which he says is compositional analysis. Most importantly he used what Aristotle would call within rhetoric, pathos and logos, or emotion and logic, to make the audience realize what is actually happening. Humans have always created walls or barriers to keep people out but De Liso uses rhetoric in this situation through imagery and little text to help us understand and get us thinking, why do we actually build these walls? He helps through the use of food, to give it a little humor and help us to understand how big these structures really are. Are they necessary? And, with our focus on public space in the class, what do these barriers do to public space? This article is very persuasive through these images and the author makes a very good point. Why must we keep people apart?

  3. The article “Tear Down This Wall,” by Roberto A. Di Leso Jr., analyzes man-made barriers that have been separating groups of people throughout history.
    Di Leso, I believe, uses “visual rhetoric,” to persuade his ideas. He shows 6 physical barriers that have been used over time to block between conflicting groups of people. He depicts this rhetorical situation by listing the location, date, materials used, built by and reason why for each of the barriers to better support his reasoning of how and why groups of people separate themselves from each other. In the assigned reading, it states that “rhetoric” is an art of persuasion, and in order to successfully achieve that is displayed in the “rhetoric triangle,” which each of the three points representing the rhetor, the audience and the text. Using that triangle will help in analyzing a text for its meaning.
    There are several claims that the given image-text makes. The title of the article itself, “Tear Down this Wall,” was the challenge from Ronald Reagan to Soviet Union leader Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall and through history this pattern of physically keeping people separated by literally a wall has created many controversial conflicts between opposing forces of people over time.

  4. The article “Tear Down this Wall” published in the Sep/Oct 07 issue of GOOD Magazine by Roberto A. Di Leso Jr. illustrates different walls over the ages which have acted as physical barriers to separate different groups of people.
    Di Leso is an artist from Brooklyn, NY who creates artwork for numerous publications such as The New York Times and GOOD Magazine. GOOD Magazine is an integrated media website for people who care about important matters and want to change and make a difference in the world.
    Di Leso is using visual rhetoric by providing the viewer with simplified and colorful images of each of the six walls used throughout history and today to show what he is trying to get the viewer to understand. He also uses another image that relates to each one of the walls and the physical location in which the wall is/was located. These images help to put into perspective how long each wall actually was, but is also in my opinion being stereotypical of each area. The author is using particular food choices which relate to the location of the wall but are definitely viewed in a negative way by some viewers who actually live in these locations. Other types of rhetoric Di Leso uses to allow the viewer to want to engage more in the article is the use of simple cartoon-like images, and the use of a structured graph which separates the images from the text so the viewer can easily understand the information present.
    By placing this particular article in GOOD Magazine, Di Leso’s purpose is not only to inform people about these issues but to persuade viewers to want to help do something about this issue so it no longer continues in the future. Di Leso is not using this article to explain to others what his opinion on this matter is or telling others how he thinks they should help to fix this problem, but putting this article within a magazine where viewers will want to willingly want to help make a difference does the work for him.

  5. The article “Tear Down this Wall,” shows all the man made walls throughout the history of mankind. I believe the author, Robert A. Di Leso Jr, is trying to show his readers that we have constructed barriers throughout history that have resulted in internal war and fighting. I think that the countries in this article have constructed these walls because of racial discrimination, political issues, poverty and class problems. Di Leso does a great job using visual rhetoric to help depict the images and statistical data of the walls. This helps the reader become interested in what he has to say. This technique is called info graphing; it is a great strategy to show information in a clever and nonconventional way to attract people to commit and read. Info graphing is more effective than your standard bar, line or scatter plot graph. This is because it draws the reader in and makes them really interpret and study the images to walk away with something learned. Additionally, because info graphing is so great in relaying data, it is great for a research paper. I intend to use info graphing in my paper, so that readers can get a break from the text and interpret some interesting data. Another strategy that Di Leso uses is food in his article, he allows the reader to see how many tacos it takes span the entire China wall. I don’t this is a very effective strategy but I think that it does allow for some laughs instead of just presenting boring statistical data.

  6. Tear Down This Wall is an image-text authored by Robert A. Di leso, Jr. published August 15th, 2007, which presents six historical walls including information such as location, dates of importance, construction materials, the society that built them, and the reason for their construction.
    The author is a designer who, based on prior work such as American Public Transit Lags Behind, Is a Plane More Fuel Efficient Than a Prius?, and There Are Drugs in Your Water, is interested in social issues in general, and in particular, issues of transportation, health, and economic concern; and who, based on where these works were published, (GOOD MAGAZINE –“a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits pushing the world forward…making a magazine, videos, and events for people who give a damn”–) is politically active regarding his social concerns. It can be assumed from this that Di leso is concerned with social justice and wellbeing –the improvement of social life, harmony with the environment, and a responsible approach to economic development–.
    Parallel to this assumption, the target audiences of the image-text are English readers who share Mr. Di leso’s social and political concerns albeit are not necessarily in agreement with his expressed opinions. Since the image-texts published in GOOD MAGAZINE are open to comments, and the individuals who commented on Di leso’s text express agreement, dissent, and information/opinions that were not included in his article, it is safe to assume that the text is open to all audiences, and thereby excluding none. We can imagine, however, that any audience which is not open to the free exchange of ideas and dialogue might be excluded from the discourse the magazine presents (and Di leso’s article in particular), although this may present itself as self-exclusion on the part of those audiences, for they would presumably not engage in the discourse altogether.
    The article seems to convey a historical look at the tendency in human societies to erect barriers that either reinforce or create division within societies and alongside social borders, hence drawing a parallel between the historical installment of walls and those present in our contemporary world. In order to grasp the parallel, the reader must be familiar with the historical context of the Great Wall of China, Hadrian Wall, and the Wall Street Wall, all meant to deter invasion of foreign peoples into Chinese, Roman, and Dutch land, and of the Berlin Wall, meant to separate the city’s capitalist, democratic East side from the communist, Soviet West side. Such a historical context enables the reader to compare and contrast it with that of the contemporary walls between Israeli and Palestinian territory, and U.S. and Mexican territory.
    The message conveyed in the article seems to be that there has been a historical tendency in human societies to create divisions among peoples, communities, and territories based on ideological, racial, ethnic, religious, economic and political struggles, as well as struggles over land, power and sovereignty, and that it is time to reconsider the validity, morality, and importance of such a tendency. It seems to implicitly (through the title) invoke liberal principles of equality and justice that aim at breaking down social divisions, rather than reinforce such notions of segregation among the peoples of the Earth.

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