The title sounds like it teaches how to use rhetoric for selfish ends, but the content focuses on public rhetoric and encourages ethical use of rhetoric through ethos, argument, and cautions about pathos.
I’d like to introduce our CSSR-SCÉR Website & Social Media team and explain what’s going on in the world of our CSSR Social Media forums.
First, join me in giving sincere thanks to our current Website & Social Media team!
Tania Smith, CSSR Webmaster and Social Media admin since 2012
Ryan McGuckin, CSSR webmaster assistant, and CSSR-SCÉR Google+ co-admin since 2015
Brandon Katzir, CSSR social media assistant, and Twitter co-admin since 2015
Bruce Dadey, CSSR Webmaster co-assistant, and Twitter co-admin since 2016
M. Shivaun Corry, CSSR Facebook, since 2016
David Beard, our current CSSR-SCÉR Secretary, also holds the webmaster’s backup & password files just in case the webmaster becomes unavailable to do her work.
With the help of this team, our association has a greater ability to publicly engage those who choose to “follow” us on social media.
CSSR-SCÉR Social media is intended to complement, not replace, our website. Although our website is restricted to more “official” executive announcements and “academic” information (such as Job Ads and Calls for Papers for rhetorical studies), our social media posts can cast a wider net by also sharing articles and media that are broadly relevant to discussion of “rhetoric” or “eloquence” in the public forum and rhetorical studies in general.
Our pages on Google+ and Twitter are also publicly accessible to people without login, thus increasing our association’s reach and relevance. This is one way our association stays engaged with our people and the public.
Currently, our social media is integrated in a “chain” of forwarding and accumulating posts from one forum to the next:
On our CSSR Google+ page, we share additional material that may be relevant to our followers on G+. We also post on two interactive “community” pages that we host, where members can also post material:
All our official Google+ posts made by our Google+ assistants (including posts forwarded to G+ from our website blog) get automatically fed to our CSSR Twitter page.
Our CSSR Twitter assistants add more material to our feed and keep it active and relevant to our Twitter followers
Our CSSR Facebook assistants add material to the Facebook page. (Due to technical difficulty and settings, Facebook cannot easily accept an automatic feed from our Twitter page, but it does mirror our CSSR website posts.)
Our CSSR Twitter feed is publicly accessible online and in a “widget” in the left-hand sidebar of our CSSR website.
Therefore, even if you are not a user of any of these social media outlets, you can view our Social Media activity on our website. Just scroll down on any CSSR website page and look in the left sidebar under the menu. There, you’ll see our public Twitter feed, which includes all the posts that have s accumulated on Google+ as well as Twitter.
If you use Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, we encourage you to join or follow us there!
CSSR-SCÉR Webmaster, and President 2015-2017
I have also created a “campaign” series of four 4×6 postcards with messages and quotations about rhetoric, eloquence or oratory. Each card comes in a French version & an English version. They are great for sharing on social media.
I will bring some postcards, bookmarks, and “Rhetoric is majestic” and “Rhetoric is useful & good” cards for distribution at our conference next week.
Submit a postcard idea
I also welcome submissions of content for additional postcards with a similar design. Not every postcard can be printed due to cost, but they would be shared on our website and social media.
I’d need a complete postcard concept, which includes the following:
1) a brief 2-3 word persuasive or informative message about what rhetoric is, or does, or can do, ideally using the word “rhetoric” or “eloquence” or similar terms that identify rhetoric.
2) a very short, pithy quotation with a citation that develops the idea of the poster’s message. This has to be very short to prevent it from being too small print.
3) AND, for PR materials for our bilingual society, we need the content of the message and quotation in eloquent French and English. Please do not send content in only one language because it can take a lot of time to find or make a good translation.
Send your complete, bilingual content ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will select and edit the content as necessary for postcard design, and all PR materials will be reviewed by the Executive committee.
As part of refreshing our CSSR-SCER website this month, I enriched our society’s Social Media presence by adding links to our existing Facebook and Google+ pages on our website sidebar.
In order to generate more discussion, I’ve also created 2 new Google+ communities:
1) Rhetoric in Canada
2) Rhetorical Criticism, History Theory
Posts to these communities (and the 2 additional pre-existing rhetoric communities we joined) will appear on our public Google+ page at https://plus.google.com/+CssrscerCanada/ and add to the activity there.
If you are a Facebook or Google user, consider following our social media pages and sharing your thoughts, images, or links. It’s a way of linking your own profile to rhetorical studies as well. Our Facebook and Google+ pages have seen little to no activity for years, but I hope they’ll see more activity in future as part of their increased presence on our website and on Google.