visual rhetoric and resistance

Viva l’etat de la Police


This brave riot cop saved society from a ruthless hoard of striking students — students who wanted to attack hard work, a basic building block of society! The students were striking against fair and just austerity measures enacted by the ruling elite of our neoliberal oligarchy.

This hero cop can be seen firing a teargass canister into the face of a mob member at pointblank range. He has been reported to have performed the method on at least one other student striker. His innovative use of weapons intended to administer chemical warfare on his own fellow citizens should be praised.

Below the protestor is pictured weaky accepting help from a total stranger –no doubt at tax payer cost.

Please, if you see anything like this happening, take pictures of these valiant efforts to protect our rich from future tax increases.

Taxes, as many of you know, are nothing more than violence deployed by the mob. Our rich and powerful rulers deserve better than to have a gun put to their heads just to provide a basic standard of living for a bunch of lazy students who having nothing better to do than learn about things like power structures and civil rights and critical economics and other pointless absurdities.


These students should bless our neoliberal god-heads for selflessly cutting taxes on the rich and rewarding hard work rather than punishing it.


A raising tide lifts all boats, and those who have their heads underwater now should not be looking for a life raft or a ring buoy; those things cost money —  making people, who can easily afford such things, pay for them is a violent act that should not be tolerated.


If you find yourself drowning, just swim harder.

Viva l’etat de la Police!

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Welcome to Visual Rhetoric and Design!!

By the end of this class you will have gained some level of competency in 2 dimensional design, photography, and computer art. We are going to learn a lot of new skills and acquire some new ways of seeing and understanding art, but, like any survey class, we are only getting a glimpse of larger world. We can’t cover everything, but hopefully this class can help you find something that you will want to learn more about through your own research.

At the very least you should come away from this class with a new way of talking about art–which will help you impress your friends and colleagues at those all-important cocktail parties. Among other things, we are going to cover basic art elements like line, value, color, movement, focal point, and eye flow. In addition to these elements of design we will also be learning “How Pictures Lie.”

We will, of course, also cover writing in the field of composition and rhetoric that argues for the importance of visual communication and composition in the field college writing and composition pedagogy. You will soon see that use of the visual in the English major can become quite the spirited debate.

In addition to the work of these scholars, we will also look at writing that explores, explains, and even attempts to define visual rhetoric, as well as writing from philosophers, rhetoricians, and theorists that examine the visual and the act of seeing.

Finally, you will be responsible for two final projects: an art portfolio and a final survey paper. Aside from those two finals, you will also be responsible for several smaller assignments–make sure you manage your time properly because procrastination will cause you no end to headaches. Please see the syllabus for more information.

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For an example of your first assignment, please click the What Not To Do tab.

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