PHI 103: Informal Logic
Rhetoric and Stereotypes: Politicians, Tattooed People, Feminists, and Elderly People
Rhetoric pertains to the use of language to create an effectively persuasive argument. Stereotyping is taking the description of an individual and applying it to a group as a whole. There are many generalizations made when it comes to politicians, tattooed people, feminists, and elderly people. This essay will discuss stereotypes connected to each of these groups, explain the images and feelings these groups raise, if the stereotypes are positive, negative, or both. This essay will also discuss whether or not there is any truth to these stereotypes and describe the rhetoric used to make these stereotypes come alive.
When most people think about politicians they think liars, cheaters, and hypocrites. Most people do not trust any politician with good reason. There have been a lot of promises in the past and in the present that have been made by politicians and not kept. It would seem that the promises were made only to gain the confidence of voters, and forgotten once in office. It seems as though no one can get a straight answer from a politician. There seems to be a lot of scare tactics, Ad Hominem, straw man, and red herring fallacies when it comes to politics. Political stereotypes are definitely seen as negative in today’s world. Rhetoric and politics studies the role of persuasion in the political process (Parry-Giles, 2008). “Classical scholars conceived of rhetoric as a practical art involving the performance of public oratory in the contexts of politics, law, and ceremonial occasions, separated from the philosophy of knowledge” (Parry-Giles, 2008). Today, it is used by an adversary to state something truthful while twisting it into a negative light. Tattooed people have their own stereotypes as well. Most stereotypes for people with tattoos...