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How Do You Learn To Tell Stories?

Apr 20, 2010

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dgreeney: Rhtoric in Story
at May 23, 2010 - 3:40 PM
I agree with Geoff that Forensic and Persuasive Rhetoric are different, although they still come from the same basic idea - the use of language to effectively communicate a point.  Both use logic to persuade.  And quite frankly, both can be used in Storytelling (from Trial/Courtroom stories, to Political speeches).

However, I think McKee's point is that Rhetoric is, as you say, only a weapon in the armory.  It is not the only way to get a Story, which is what corporate executives may need to re-learn.  (Hence the reference to the "tyranny" of Rhetoric).  Storytellers may always be trying to convince their audience that their world and characters are "real", but I would argue they aren't always using Rhetorical methods explicitly.  Am I wrong here?
Geoff: Clarification
at Apr 21, 2010 - 9:32 PM
When Bob mentions "rhetoric" I think he's speaking of Forensic Rhetoric which is a great deal different than Persuasive Rhetoric, which looks toward the future tense, whereas Forensic seeks to litigate a case. A small quibble, but I didn't want anyone to think that Rhetoric has no place in the armory, or else I might as well ditch my toga in my Storylogue Avator. /end rant.

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