This forum has two parts.
Recall the two presidential speeches that were given by both President Obama and President Regan, respectively. Note that these two presidents used the Rogerian method of argumentation to not only win over those who agreed with their viewpoints, but also to win over those who held different views.
Think about a national or international issue that matters to you and write your own speech for that issue, using the Rogerian style of argumentation. How would you win over the other side? You don’t need to use citations, but please do not create statistics or ‘facts.’
Next, consider the following. During week seven, you created an argument using the Rogerian method. Have you used this style of argumentation before in your studies or career (either verbally or in past writing assignments/projects)? Will you use it in the future? Why or why not?
The reading material
Obama, Barack. “The American Promise.” American Rhetoric. n.d. Web. Jan. 6, 2012.
Reagan, Ronald. “Acceptance of Republican Nomination for President at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan.” American Experience. PBS. WGBH Educational Foundation. n.d. Web. Jan. 6, 2012