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Posted by Tasnim Khan (She/Her) on

Rhetorical analysis is a way of interpreting and understanding how language is used to persuade or convince an audience. In her article, “Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps toward Rhetorical Analysis,” Laura Bolin Carroll discusses the use of visual and aural cues, such as the choice of bag, to make judgments about a person’s character and abilities.

I have practiced rhetorical analysis in my own life without realizing it, for example, when I was a student in high school. I remember one instance when I was choosing which bag to bring to school. I had a backpack that I normally used for carrying books and other school supplies, but I also had a briefcase that I had received as a gift. I decided to bring the briefcase to school that day because I thought it would make me look more professional and mature.

In this situation, I was using rhetorical analysis to make a decision based on the visual and aural cues of the two different bags. I knew that a briefcase is traditionally associated with professionalism and maturity, while a backpack is often associated with youth and informality. By choosing to bring the briefcase to school, I was trying to communicate to my teachers and classmates that I was a serious and capable student.

However, this decision was not based solely on my own perceptions of the bags. I was also influenced by the expectations and norms of my school and society, which value certain traits and behaviors over others. For example, I knew that my teachers would likely view me more favorably if I brought a briefcase to school and that my classmates might perceive me as more mature and responsible if I did so.

Overall, this experience showed me how rhetorical analysis can be used to make judgments and decisions based on the interpretation of visual, aural, and sensory cues. It also highlighted the role of societal expectations and norms in shaping our perceptions and behaviors.

Week #2 Response/Digital Receipt #2/Digital Receipt #2/Week #2 Response

Week 2 /Digital Receipt 2

Posted by Barthendrick on

Usually when anybody’s outside you see a lot of billboards advertisement commercials on LED screens and everywhere. The main thing you see in a lot of these things are  companies trying to convince you to buy an item or donate money to a cause or visit a certain location. Now this is a tactic of persuasion which is seen in our daily life but a lot of us don’t really notice it but that’s what a lot of big companies do. Their job is to use rhetoric to try to convince an audience to get their product or spend money on them and that’s one thing we don’t notice but it’s using our daily life and I find that very important for English and writing in general.  We have to do this so we can hook our readers on to whatever we are wring about or hook the audience on to what we are presenting.

Week #2 Response/Digital Receipt #2/Digital Receipt #2/Week #2 Response

Digital Receipt #2

Posted by Min Aung Zaw (he) on

This document “Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps: toward Rhetorical Analysis” by Laura Bolin Carroll is about how people like to make tough decisions and conclude on everything based on visuals, actions and auditory sense, another word called Rhetorical Analysis and it mentioned making Rhetorical Analysis on media is necessary and useful because on media there is tons of information and we constantly have a time to buy something, act in some way, believe something to be true, by applying Rhetorical Analysis we can quickly eliminate all the information that unrelated with the goal that we want to achieve. Making rhetorical analysis is very important for daily life too, people can only use information that they are informed to analyze and understand situations quickly and effectively. I used a lot of rhetorical analysis when I was searching for everything that I needed on the internet. As I mentioned before there is a ton of information on the internet. If I spend time investigating every single piece of information, I will never achieve the goal that I want, so in this situation Rhetorical Analysis is necessary, useful and effective. Especially when you try to buy things online which you never know how the thing is. So, I need to read the product comment and how buyers react to the product to analyze and make a decision to buy or not.   

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Digital Receipt #2

Posted by Teresa Calcano on

Teresa Calcano

Rhetorical analysis is to understand a way to convince others visually, aurally, textual, or through sensory interpretation. There are three methods I use rhetorical analysis in my everyday life. My first method of using rhetorical analysis is through interviews. I assert that I am a responsible person who takes her work seriously. I put on my button-collared shirt with my trousers to persuade my interviewer as a potential candidate to hire. By sitting up correctly and talking confidently, I show my interviewer that I am confident and can be a good employee. To get them intrigued, I use words such as efficiency, and understanding, and positively explain my weaknesses at the workplace. My second method of using rhetorical analysis is through convincing. For example, I convinced my friend to listen to a new pop artist I found. I influenced her by explaining that she is an artist that brings confidence to her listeners and cares about self-love and acceptance. I showed a few of her songs and explained the message behind her song and music video. Therefore, I encourage my friend how the artist stands out in the music industry. Also, I demonstrate that the pop genre can bring a message, such as the RNB genre or Rap. My third method of using rhetorical analysis is through social media. For example, on my Facebook, the pictures are of me and family members outside. Through these pictures, people can assume I am a family person; I am a very outgoing and social person. My social media can influence my friend requests or determines who will approach me to be friends and who won’t. Almost all of my Instagram followers are fashion pages or college students. They are adults with many accomplishments. My following can tell people that I like fashion, I have goals and am working toward them, and I am pursuing a college degree.

Digital Receipts/Digital Receipt #2

Digital Receipt #2

Posted by Harin D on

Harin Dharmasena 

Digital Receipt #2 

Reading, Listening, Viewing  

This week I spent approximately 1 hour going over the Backpacks vs briefcases by Laura Bollin Carroll and exploring the week number 2 assignment. For the documents, I understood each one and was able to figure out how to use rhetorical analysis and what it is. I spent time making sure that I understood everything in the document. I got how rhetorical analysis works and how we use it in our daily lives without having any recollection of it. While going through this week’s documents I was able to focus easily and easily understand what is required of me. I would say that I worked at my normal speed and work ethic and was able to clearly grasp this week’s workload.   


This week our only writing assignment was to write a 300-word response after reading the backpacks vs briefcases. We were to take an instance we recalled using rhetorical analysis in our daily lives and tell it to the best of our ability. This took me about 20 to 30 minutes in total to do, as I was slowly figuring out what I could describe as rhetorical analysis. After finding a scenario I was able to describe and depict my response and complete the assignment. During this assignment, I worked at a normal speed trying to learn what the assignment was asking for. I do not believe that I struggled at this yet did my best.  

Providing & Responding to Feedback   

As this is the second week of assignments for this course, I have not really received any feedback yet but am hoping to get some feedback on how to better improve my digital receipts and how to further understand what I need to improve upon.  


I learned how to submit my first writing assignment and grasped how this week’s task could benefit my upcoming assignments. I think I completed the writing assignment as best as I could, although I hope to learn with future assignments. I am slowly learning how to implement what I learned into my future assignments like the WLLN. I have a basic understanding of rhetorical analysis and am looking forward to receiving feedback on my assignment on how to better improve. 


Thus, because it is the second week of class, and I have only had such a few times with my classmates, I have not had the chance to collaborate at all. I have introduced myself through the course site and through our week #1 and week #2 assignment. Other than that, I haven’t had much communication, I am looking forward to collaborating and working with my peers in the coming weeks.  

Digital Receipt #2/Digital Receipt #2

Digital Receipt #2

Posted by Cai Rong Li on

Based on “Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps Towards Rhetorical Analysis” by Laura Bollin Carrol, people use rhetorical analysis in daily life to communicate with other people without even realizing that it was used. Rhetorical analysis can be used to solve problems and help people interact with one another. For instance, I use rhetorical analysis to decide where to eat with my friends. Before going to a restaurant to have dinner, I would search up the rating of restaurants and view their comments on social media platforms. This would help me have a basic understanding of how the quality of the service the restaurant provides to its customers. In addition, I would view the images of the environment and food to see if I like the environment and the food served by the restaurant. If I am satisfied with the restaurant after viewing these factors, I would suggest the restaurant to my friends and try to persuade them to eat there. In order to persuade them, I would present them with images of the most popular dishes served by the restaurant and encourage them to try it out since it looks very delicious. If there’s videos of people visiting the restaurant on YouTube, I would also watch the video to have a detailed outlook of the restaurant before visiting the restaurant. Video is a more effective way compared to looking at posts because it will show the audience a direct review of the restaurant and help people make their choice more effectively. Looking through social media posts become essential in people’s life because it gives people ideas and inspires people to try different things in the world that they might not try without looking at the post. In today’s society, social media platforms play a major role in all topics such as politics, fashion, sports, and games. Videos and posts on social media help everyday people make their choice and influence one another to support their beliefs.

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Digital Receipt #2 (Week #2 Backpacks)

Posted by John Suquinagua (He) on

When remembering a moment with rhetoric used was an ad I saw in Youtube done by Peta I think. It started with an owl screaming which probably appeals to pathos. Due to no one liking to hear an animal in pain and then would proceed by mentioning how experiments were being done with the owl, while the owl screaming is still being played. Another instance of rhetoric I saw being used was St Jude Children’s Research hospital with how they show children in hospitals and having small interviews with them. This appeal to pathos with how children in pain ain’t great to see. Possible people who are affected by that could be parents because of how parents tend to be close to children so it would appeal to their hearts. I would think in a rhetorical way when I choose what to wear to head outside sometimes. This is mainly done by me wearing long sleeves more than short sleeves. A bit of that has to do with me not wanting to show too much skin and being self conscious of what others think. During some ads I watch on tv tend to sell medicine or devices that could help out people. They would always mention that the product is always approved by a doctor which is a sign of ethos. That’s due to a credible person approving of the item which is a doctor, who’s fields are usually on people’s health. Cell phone services would make ads saying they have great networks by showing how far a phone can be used without WIFI. The rhetoric used would be logos because they show a map of the United States and how their service would cover most of the place, they even put side by side with another competitor network service to show they have the better service.

Digital Receipt #2/Digital Receipt #2

Digital Receipt#2

Posted by Shaoqin Li (He/him) on

After reading “Backpacks vs. Briefcases: Steps Towards Rhetorical Analysis” by Laura Bollin Carroll, I find out there is actually a lot of rhetoric that is in our daily life and we are using rhetorical analysis all the time without knowing it. One of the rhetoric that I have seen is an advertisement about bubble tea. Let’s explain what bubble tea is in case somebody doesn’t know, bubble tea can be considered a drink mixed with milk, sugar, and tea is a famous drink in China. And the ad about bubble tea is on the Chinese version of TikTok called “douyin”, as known, TikTok is a short video app, so this ad must have a very attractive headline or slogan and content that makes people have the patience to watch the ad and will remember it. So this sponsored video is basically a drama that talks about the autumn season coming, a girl is walking on the road, rubbing her hands because she was freezing, and suddenly her boyfriend comes out from her back, holding her hand and gives her as warm bubble tea to warm her hand, the video at this time is about to end, at the last scene, a slogan comes out. Saying “ the first cup of bubble tea in the fall”. And after 12 hrs, this ad went on fire and it became very trending on TikTok, during that time period, basically, every three videos, one video is about bubble tea. But to be honest, I actually couldn’t get the point of it because I realized it was an advertisement from those bubble tea facilities. They are combining bubble tea with the love of a couple, just the diamond strategy. The exigence of this case is your girlfriend is freezing. The audience then will be those couples because the girls want the boys to buy them bubble tea to show how much he loves them. The constraint is just the limiting of time since it was posted on TikTok, and the reason why they posted it here is also to facilitate the audience since usually, young people will care about this stuff and TikTok was mostly for young people that are using.

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