Politically Speaking

If you’re interested in public address, particularly political speaking, take a look at the article, “Reading between the Lines: Word for word, the presidential candidates revealed” by Jay Dixit in the current issue of Psychology Today (August 2007). Analyzed are the speaking styles of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. Each candidate is analyzed in terms of rhetorical style, body language, self-definition, emotional tone, political values, and universal values. It’s an excellent article that will make for spirited and stimulating class discussion in lots of communication courses.

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