Digital Rhetoric Research Paper (Rogers or Stasis Theory)
This semester, we have been studying a “digital rhetorics” theme underlaying an argument framework that has two components: (1) the subject material, and (2) the methods by which one persuades, respectively. These two components have been in constant dialogue as I have tried to encourage you to use one to interact with the other. By the end of the semester, we will have covered four different styles of argumentation and we will have covered several “themes” in digital rhetorics. Now is your opportunity to use these tools to research and argue a paper based on one of the themes that most interests you.
The idea behind this research paper is that you read somewhat widely across a few related works, find a central theme that would fit under the umbrella of the category that you chose—a subgenre of that category—and talk about the readings in a way that hews to the theme you discussed. At the same time, you will be showing me that you are aware of the argument styles we have covered in this course. You have been doing this in your smaller papers all semester, synthesizing the readings, argument styles, and forms of academic writing. Now, you will take those skills and find your own readings, creating a thesis to form a subgenre of one the major genres we covered.
The genre and subgenre I will be working with is:
Genre: Technology and Nations. Under this genre our main focus should be on the Subgenre: “How technologies shape individuals, in particular, and nations, in general; cyborgism”
1. Using primarily one of the last two persuasive techniques that we covered, Rogerian or Stasis Theory (and secondarily Aristotle or Toulmin), analyze and argue multiple perspectives within that theme. Remember that some persuasive techniques work better for binary perspectives (Rogers) and some are better for multiple perspectives (stasis theory). Identify a theme or theory; define the structure, limits, means of persuasion, and/or support; and draw a conclusion from it; document your sources; and maintain mechanical control of the paper.
1. State the problem
2. Acknowledge the other perspective or point of view
3. State your own perspective or point of view
4. Offer a compromise
Stasis Theory (individual stases below )
1. Conjecture – state the facts of the issue; does it exist? Object or event?
2. Definition – determine the meaning of the nature of the issue.
3. Quality – why is this important; what is the seriousness of the issue; who is affected or who are the stakeholders?
4. Policy – what is the plan of action to resolve the issue?
Note: Stasis theory can also have a journalistic form that we might be more familiar with: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. The difference is that the last stasis, policy, is added and involves suggesting a solution, resolution, or change.
Use at least 5 sources to support the arguments in your paper, none of which can be a reading from class.
1,500–2,250 words (~6–9 pp, not including documentation or cover materials)
● Skip using an abstract – they are not necessary for our types of papers
● 12-pt font preferred
● Times New Roman preferred (or the default font of your word processor)
● Double-space final copy (workshop copies may be single-spaced and on both sides to
● APA format for citations and references (NO footnotes at the bottom of the page);
minimum of 5
● Standard 1-inch margins
See Course Schedule
This research paper will encourage:
engage in all phases of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing,
incorporate reading and experience into their writing processes
learn to conform their texts to instructor-specified document formats
create, save, and print texts using word processing technology
write for a variety of rhetorical purposes
employ a clear focus that guides their choices of evidence, language, organization,
and rhetorical and persuasive strategies
effectively apply organizational strategies to open and close texts and to move the
reader between and within ideas, paragraphs, and sentences
appropriately employ grammatical and mechanical conventions in the preparation
of readable manuscripts.
2. Critical Thinking and Writing
a. develop strategies for critical thinking, reading, and writing processes
b. examine and analyze their experiences, literature (poetry, drama and/or fiction),
non-fiction prose, and other cultural texts (film, popular culture, new media and/or other visuals) as sources of material for writing
c. competently read, summarize, analyze, evaluate, and write about college-level texts – your own and others’ – of varying lengths
d. examine subjects from multiple perspectives and formulate and express you own perspectives
recognize, gather and test factual and inferential evidence
apply inductive and deductive reasoning
recognize and employ different parts of an argument including concession,
refutation, and confirmation
recognize and select persuasive rhetorical language
a. synthesize information from a variety of sources
write a text of a minimum of 1,000 words that incorporates documented research
apply methods of research, using primary and secondary sources in print and
identify the merit and reliability of sources
employ the mechanics of introducing, integrating, and documenting source material
Please refer to the research proposal attached. I would like you to use all the 3 references in the proposal and additional 2 or 3 from other sources.
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