For this assignment, write a 3-4 page rhetorical analysis of a t-shirt, bumper-sticker, or meme. You should examine the text’s meaning or its effectiveness as well as how it achieves the meaning (think ethos, pathos, and logos) or effectiveness. Consider other factors like the artwork, as well as how the text creates meaning (symbolically, etc.).
Background: For this paper, I’d like you to concentrate your attention on the rhetorical arguments posed by text and images on non-traditional mediums (restricted to t-shirts, bumper stickers, and memes (static). Now, instead of constructing an argument or a proposal, I want you to become an audience and analyze an argument instead (by exploring the design and speculating about the messages about identity, values, or culture that the design suggests), all the while considering the appeals it uses (including those to logos, pathos, and ethos). But, rather than exploring an essay or other rather traditional mediums for the project’s analysis, I want you to focus on the arguments posed to you every day, most of the time blissfully unaware that someone was directing an argument right at you.
Length: Approximately 4 pages
Type: Analysis (Mixed-Modes: primarily illustration, but also description, cause, and effect, classification, and division)
Format: Use the essay format discussed in class. Rough Drafts must be typed and double-spaced. Final Drafts must be typed and double-spaced. Use a standard font such as Palatino, Times New Roman, Times or Courier. Use a 12-point font size.
Submission: Please save your document with the following naming convention: lastname_wa4.doc (note: I can only read .rtf, .doc, and .docx files). After saving the final draft, please upload it and send it to me. In addition to the final draft, you also need to submit a copy of the t-shirt/bumper sticker (.jpg, .gif, .bmp are all acceptable image files). If you have any questions, please contact me.
Options: Find a T-Shirt design, a Bumper-Sticker, or Meme that you find striking, provocative, intriguing, awesome, etc. Be aware that you will need to either own the t-shirt/bumper-sticker / Meme or be able to produce an image of it.