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I remember the first time I watched the video, “Swans for Relief.”  It was created by Misty Copeland to raise awareness of the difficulties of professional dancers all over the world who have not been able to pay their bills due to the closure of performance spaces because of Covid-19. I wept the first time I watched these artists dancing without audiences. They are dancing alone in their kitchens, in their back yards, in their living rooms. I still cannot watch “Swans for Relief” without crying.
To me, this video is the perfect embodiment of the complexity of what art can communicate, from suffering to dignity.
I hope I never forget how tough it has been for artists during the pandemic, those who could not (and in some cases still cannot) perform or show their work to live audiences. Now that some theaters and galleries have reopened, I have begun to buy tickets to performances. Artists deserve my financial, intellectual, and emotional support.
What are you learning during the pandemic, that you hope not to forget?

This is the first exercise this week that will give you some practice with language in persuasion. For this discussion, you have the following two options:
Option A
1. Find one of the following:  A short, written article, a print ad, or a commercial. It can be on any topic you want, but you may find it more relevant to focus on the issues we’ve discussed in class so far.
2. Examine the article and identify any 3 of the language terms from your text, and/or posted on Canvas (emotive language, connotations, etc.)
3. Post the link to your article/ad/commercial along with the language terms (and where they pop up)
Option B
Select a celebrity, political figure, well-known product, or location. While it is helpful to connect this to your topic, it is not required. In your initial post, include the following:
· One passage (think of it as an advertisement) painting the above in a positive light
· One passage painting it in a completely negative light.
· An evocative title to your post to grab a reader’s attention. 
Your initial post should incorporate the different types of language described in our textbook and mentioned in the handout located under week 5 (“Language & Persuasion: Terms”). Do not tell us what you’re describing!  That comes later.


Your response will be contingent on the option chosen.
Responses for Option A
Read over the post of one of your classmates and see if you can identify further examples of the terms they used, or others that they did not mention.
Responses for Option B
Read over the posts of at least one classmate and include the following:
· The types of language you believe your classmate is attempting to incorporate
· Who or what you think they are trying to describe.
The overall idea behind this exercise is that language can be used in powerful ways to completely distort something that is normally positive, or uplift something that is neutral, or even negative. Have fun with this exercise!  And do your best to stump your peers.

Response to the following:

1) (Links to an external site.)

Connotations @00:16 – Stefano Gabanna seen here with Travis, has made numerous and well documented, racist, homophobic, & misogynistic comments throughout the years  

Slanting @00:33 – Now when you think of the Kravis wedding you think of Dolce and Gabbana

Emotive language @00:36 – What perplexes me the most is that the Kardashian’s didn’t need this sponsorship, they are one of the most powerful, wealthiest, families 

Concrete Language @00:03 – the more that I think about it the more it feels like a publicity stunt on Dolce & Gabbana’s part in sort of these ultimate final chapter of their comeback. 


Language and Persuasion – Key Terms

Chapter 10 of your textbook (9th edition) introduces a few different types of language to strengthen your persuasive argument. As always, the list below is not intended as a replacement for reading your text, but rather an abbreviated list to refer back to, along with a few examples.

Emotive Language

  Language that expresses and arouses emotions.
 “Entrepreneur” “income inequality” “love” “comfort” etc.

Meanings attached to a word apart from its explicit definitions. Essentially, one form of emotive language.  Consider the connotations of the following words:
 “Educated” “home” “police brutality” “poor” “unsuccessful” “welfare mom” etc.


Unpleasant or unmentionable things disguised by polite terms. For example:
“Hooking up” “In between jobs” “discovering one’s self.”


Interpreting or presenting in line with a special interest”; tends to suggest a prejudice and a judgment without access to all the facts.
“Incorporating gun control is an insult to all law-abiding supporters of the second amendment”
“Anyone who values human communication should avoid being addicted to a smart phone.”
“Everyone knows the most successful graduates come from a UC, not a CSU”

Figurative Language

Words that produce images in the mind of the reader. Can be used to height the impact of an argument. Simile, metaphor, and personification are examples of using figurative language.

Concrete Language

Words that point to real objects and experiences – often more descriptive.

Abstract Words

Express qualities, characteristics, and values. Useful for making generalizations.

ARTS 1A: Group Analysis 7

For this group analysis, consider Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Questions), a mural at The Museum
of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1989-1992).

Address any of the following questions in your discussion post. You do not need to address
more than one question.

– What do you find to be more powerful: the questions asked within this mural or the
visual design of the mural itself? Explain your response by exploring one or more
questions within the mural, or by describing the visual design of the mural in detail.

– Would Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Questions) be as successful if it were smaller and
meant to be displayed indoors? Why or why not?

– If you were to design a red, white, and blue text-based mural, what questions would you

ask? In which language would you ask your questions? Where would you paint your

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