Introduction to Speech Communication (CMN 1310/1390)
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Quote of the Month
Grasp the subject, the words will follow. -- Cato the Elder
Tip of the Month
For the informative speech you have learned to gather information from credible sources and present it in an engaging and interesting manner to your audience. Now for the persuasive speech you have to learn how to build an argument and present it effectively while addressing potential counter arguments. Also keep in mind that although there are going to be people in the audience who disagree with you, you still need to treat them and their viewpoint with respect and not discount their view or alienate them. Learning how to construct (and deconstruct) an argument is a valuable life skill that you will certainly come to use in your future.
Speech of the Month
Frank Zappa is arguing against the censoring of music deemed to be "porn rock" which was advocated for by the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) who believed that Rock music lyrics were harmful to children. Tipper Gore (Al Gore's wife) was one of the main voices behind this and it gained a lot of political traction leading to the senate hearing. Frank Zappa (among other artists like Dee Snyder) argued that there should be no censoring of popular music sold in stores on the grounds that it violated the 1st amendment.