Even when no negative intentions are sought by people attempting to influence or persuade an audience, negative out comes can still occur, making it essential to be cautious with ones use of rhetoric. This gives the use of rhetoric a kind of moral responsibility. If this responsibility is not recognized, it could result in unintentional negative consequences. One example of a possible unintended outcome from rhetoric is Sarah Palin’s political campaign and its link to the Tucson, Arizona shooting. Palin has a reputation of using gun references in her rhetoric in order to make her statements more powerful, a kind of rallying the troops affect. She posted a message on her Facebook page stating, "The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the... [continues]
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