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We ‘are’ rhetoric. Get over it!

Mackey, Steve 2014, We ‘are’ rhetoric. Get over it!, in Proceedings of the Contemporary Publics International Symposium; Persona Celebrity Publics 2014, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic., pp. 1-6.

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Title We ‘are’ rhetoric. Get over it!
Author(s) Mackey, Steve
Conference name Contemporary Publics International Symposium (2014 : Burwood, Vic.)
Conference location Burwood, Vic.
Conference dates 24-25 February 2014
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the Contemporary Publics International Symposium; Persona Celebrity Publics 2014
Editor(s) Demetrious, Kristin
Redmond, Sean
Marshall, P. David
Heaney, Tamara
Cinque, Toija
Braithwaite, Elizabeth
Atherton, Cassandra
D’Cruz, Glenn
Torre, Lienors
Thomason, Bronwyne
Publication date 2014
Conference series Contemporary Publics International Symposium
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Keyword(s) Rhetoric
Summary This paper argues that a better understanding of public relations would help us to get an urgently needed better understanding of people. It explains why public relations should be considered the contemporary manifestation of the millennia-old art of rhetoric which in turn should be considered the basis of, at least western culture. This article introduces a thesis that understanding rhetoric properly will lead to the best way of understanding public relations properly. It will critique existing writers about the rhetoric to public relations nexus to suggest that there is a crucial need to more carefully consider the true relevance
of massively organised deliberate persuasive discourse. The urgency is because few of these commentators quite capture the extent to which public relations and related  activities are creating us. It will explain why we are almost unconscious of this process and it will point out that by contrast ancient sophists and the more accomplished pre-modern rhetoricians have always been aware of this ‘construction of people process’. The approach of this paper is premised on the observation of classicist Werner Jaeger who explains that rhetoric is at the centre of being human. When explaining the use of  grammar, rhetoric and dialectic by Greek Enlightenment sophists he writes that: “This educational technique is one of the greatest discoveries which the mind of man has ever made: it was not until it explored these three of its activities that the mind apprehended the hidden law of its own structure.” (Jaeger, 1947:314)
Language eng
Field of Research 220319 Social Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
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