12.14.2009

Rhetorical Pollution

As someone interested in rhetoric about pollution, I got a bit of a giggle out of this headline: Rhetoric polluting debate surrounding global warming. The punchline of the piece, as you might imagine, goes like this: "Bring on the facts because the rhetoric is polluting the debate."

Rhetoric as toxic cloud, as irritating pollution, as a vile contribution to debate, as if a debate were a kind of pure, unpolluted, arhetorical space that rhetoric enters into and (gasp!) messes up.

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