Extremism, ethnic cleansing and nationalist rhetoric in Sri Lanka
originally by: Terence Bunch
published: 5th April 2012
Rhetoric1 derives from a long standing enquiry into the power of oral persuasion. It is linked to the combined use of language, symbology, mutually derived identity and relations between peoples and nations.
Rhetoric when used by a skilled orator can be used in service to persuasion of a given argument, to elucidate a given or perceived truth, or can be used to obscure or obfuscate an argument or the truth.
In any given environment, either political or cultural, rhetoric can be used to steer public opinion toward, or away from, a particular subject of enquiry.
Rhetoric has been classified as particular to oral persuasion in the field of politics, but has also been cited as having liberated form in any area in which large scale mass persuasion is required.
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