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Rhetoric as a communal making of meaning versus a platform for demonstrating intellectual prowess of an individual through victory over an opponent or even as a means to put an existing point across seems to be at least one theme in these articles For us as educators this seems a distinction to be reckoned with How do we teach an art I dont think Im too far from these articles when I say that teaching rhetoric as an art versus a skill is the problem we face After all what we are really talking about is negotiation arent we When we explore ideas in an open forum what were doing is accepting a democratic situation Todays metaphor is that of cooking We pool our individual thoughts ideas bits of knowledge as ingredients to be tossed into a big pot of mulligan stew Maybe I bring a carrot Sabrina brings some grated ginger Maggie some cactus juice etc Together these ingredients may taste awful but thats a matter of negotiation and individual choice Heres a problem Depending on the situation and individual tastes we may decide that all three ingredients taste great Some of us may want to have our cactus juice on the side Of course mulligan stew is usually made under circumstances in which the cooks cant afford to be so picky we take what each person brings to the pot toss it in and be thankful that our bellies are full And thats the point I brought a carrot because thats what I came up with Maybe a nice leg of lamb would have been better but the carrot is what I had Forget the leg of lamb Maybe next time Ill come up with it -- then well have to argue about that It doesnt matter the fact is that without the contributions of the individuals there would be no stew Mulligan stew is progress and growth I cant believe Im even
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