Assignment

Twitter Politics - Metaphor, Enthymeme + Trump

Submitted by Jason Jarvis on February 16th, 2017
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Short Description: 

This assignment is a non-partisan way to interrogate the way the 45th POTUS uses Twitter using the concepts of Metaphor and Enthymeme. The assignment could be altered to focus on any Twitter handle or trending hashtag. The teacher should give a short 15 minute introduction the concepts and then break students up into small groups to decipher Tweets. The last portion of class is for group presentation/discussion of students findings.

Additional Instructor Resources (e.g. in-class activities, worksheets, scaffolding applications, supplemental modules, further readings, etc.): 
Learning Outcomes: 

1) Understanding the rhetorical concepts of metaphor and enthymeme
2) Understanding how Trump (and/or other political figures) use Twitter
3) Understanding the structural power and limitations of social media/Twitter
4) Small Group communication

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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

This assignment was used two days after the election. It was designed as a non-partisan examination of Digital Politics and the power/limitations of Twitter.

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Suggested Citation: 
Jarvis, Jason. "Twitter Politics - Metaphor, Enthymeme + Trump." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2017. https://www.projectcora.org/assignment/twitter-politics-metaphor-enthymeme-trump.