Analysis Of Briana Payton's Rhetoric

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The tone of Briana Payton’s rhetoric is condescending, demeaning, and arrogant; her ad hominem remarks do little harm to Tal Fortgang and rather serve only to discredit her own contentions. Payton sounds like an angry parent reprimanding an unruly child, “Is that clear? You. Are. Privileged. It is OK to admit that” (3). Her unprofessional use of rhetoric is not exclusive to this example — a plethora of instances are riddled throughout her article. Moreover, her use of rude and rhetorical language is childish, certainly not a characteristic of civil discourse. There is a clear distinction to be made between professional and unprofessional dialogue, especially at this level. The former lends credibility and legitimacy to the author while the
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