5) Black Sheep

Lexi Yost. “Go Your Own Way.” Inishbofin. Ireland, 2016
Inishbofin is the wildest location I’ve ever visited, in the fact that it seems to be virtually untouched from all signs of technological advancement. The only signs of human life besides our group were the dozens of white sheep, branded in blue or red paint. We walked among them for awhile, dsc_1089and along the way, a black sheep emerged from behind a hill The black sheep was so unique, compared to the hundreds of white ones running across the island. The opposite of its peers, the black sheep was different, and stood out in immense contrast from the herd. This concept of being ‘one against many’ is one of the notions at the very heart of rhetoric. Since rhetoric is the ability to be persuasive in teachings with regards to the audience and situational context, it differs from current-traditional thinking. That thinking is seen as negative, and can be represented by ideas of conformity and uniformity. Because of the natural and scattered movements of the sheep, I was reminded of expressivism, which is the natural and non-artificial relaying of thoughts and writing. Peter Elbow investigates this in his article, “Some Thoughts On Expressive Discourse: A Review Essay.” According to his interpretation of his review of Harris’s essay is that expressivism is seen as being dangerous to many in the modern world, especially with regards to education and the disagreement between teachers on expressivist/current-traditional discourses. But expressivism embraced going with your own nature, and rejecting current-traditionalism all together. Like the black sheep, rhetoricians and expressionists both defy the standard way of thinking in exchange for what they individual feel passionate about.


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