Ali Husain response to “The Rhetorical Situation” by Lloyd F. Bitzer
In “The Rhetorical Situation” by Lloyd F. Bitzer , he states that a “rhetoric is a mode of altering reality, not by the direct application of energy to objects, but by the creation of discourse which changes reality through the mediation of thought and action”(Bitzer 4). This is showing that a rhetoric situation is a situation where one can bring change not through physical means per say but for instance, through speeches. Bitzer further goes on to mention the three key elements of a rhetorical situation. They are exigence, audience, and constraints. Exigence is an issue that it is given importance and has the ability to change. Audience is the people who that author is targeting. Specifically people who have the power to change the issue. Constraints is made “of persons, events, objects, and relations”(Bitzer 8). They have the ability to regulate or control action needed to make the change. One idea that intrigued is when Bitzer said “it is true, of course, that scientists and poets present their works to audiences, but their audiences are not necessarily rhetorical”(Bitzer 8). On one hand when a scientist conducts research and gets results they eager to share it. They are not only showing people their discovery but showing scientist how to repeat the experiment and build on it. On the other hand when scientist share their work they are trying to persuade people that what they did it correct and should be published. As well as trying to get funding for their field of research by showing that there are important and new finding in their field of research. Similarly for poets some can be writing poems to entertain people and have fun. While others are trying to a point across through the poems.