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Kirt Wilson: "The System is Rigged"

Nov 18, 2016

Kirt Wilson is a member of the Faculty Board for the Center for Democratic Deliberation--one of the two research centers associated with the MID.  He is also Associate Professor of Political Communication and Rhetoric in the Communication Arts & Sciences Dept. 

In this post, Wilson reflects on a colleague's comments that "the word in and of itself is never neutral. It never means the same in all contexts."  He applies this idea to claims that the election was "rigged," for example. This word may resonate with many people, but it does not do so for the same reason. For they do not all hear the word the same way.  That, Wilson says, is part of what makes it a good political slogan.

Errors of Rhetorical Construction :: "The System is Rigged"


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