Bending Opinion: Essays on Persuasion in the Public Domain by Ton Van Haaften, Henrike Jansen, Jaap De Jong, Willem De

By Ton Van Haaften, Henrike Jansen, Jaap De Jong, Willem De Koetsenruijter

From classical antiquity till the current, humans and teams have taken to public areas, now principally digital, for you to relay their message and try and convince others. And for simply as lengthy, the tools of organizing and accomplishing such public debate and selection making were hotly contested. This choice of essays through extraordinary foreign students provides an outline of the nation of interdisciplinary scholarship at the artwork of rhetoric and the various ways and methodologies inside of it. Bending Opinion cites a number of appropriate examples, from Barack Obama to Geert Wilders, in addition to compelling case reviews.

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Aphthonius’ writings would seem to adhere fairly closely to the teachings he found in Libanius’ school. The fourth century was a particularly interesting period, since it is that very century which saw the rise of Christianity from its toleration within the Roman Empire by Constantine in 313 to the position of official state religion under Theodosius in 391 (see MacMullen 1984). Moreover, the official political separation of the Eastern and Western parts of the Roman Empire in the year 395 also took place at the very time that Aphthonius most proba- [ 53 ] LUP Bending Opinion Boek_Layout 2 27-01-11 14:46 Pagina 54 k r au s bly wrote his little handbook.

44) also lists unrealistic features of the metaphor, as does Blocher (2007-2008, pp. 832ff ), who also discusses a number of features of the economic market that can carry over to the frame of the marketplace of ideas. 15 Under what circumstances does deliberation produce the best results, rather than just forms of group-think? 16 It has been demonstrated that majority decisions are significantly more reliable than individual decisions, even if taken by experts, as long as the group is big enough and as long as there is a higher statistic probability for each member of the group that they will be right than wrong.

In fact, as Paul Brietzke had already put it (1997, pp. 14 So, the frame is not realistic, but that never stopped the Supreme Court from using it, in fact the frequency of its use increased. However, the definitions of “the marketplace of ideas” shifted considerably over time, and in fact the Supreme Court does not work with a monolithic concept of the marketplace, but acknowledges many different smaller and larger “marketplaces” (Hopkins 1996, pp. 40-41). But quite apart from its actual use in the judiciary, the frame was also reconsidered by theorists for a number of different purposes.

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