• The Burger Joint Notes: Hip, “run down” atmosphere- chill vibes Exposed wire Some of the wall is smooth but some has exposed brick which was painted white like the walls Front window is large and bright Kitchen is exposed and you can see the staff cook your food Big light fixtures on the ceiling Wooden […]

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  • In chapter three of City of Rhetoric, David Fleming uses the idea of democracy to solve the rhetorical problem of the rhetoric of neighborhoods. In other words, he argues that a neighborhood’s residential community association (RCA) exemplifies  large scale political institutions. First Fleming traces the history of neighborhoods as far back as the ancient Greeks to as […]

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  • February 10, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 4: Aziz Ansari and Casual Racism

    There’s like this new, lower-case K.K.K. movement that started — this kind of casual white supremacy. “Oh, let me put my foot in the pool and see how cold this water really is.” -Aziz Ansari, SNL Popular comedian Aziz Ansari delivered Saturday Night Live’s cold open the day after President Trump’s inauguration. In his speech […]

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  • February 9, 2017 - mh9868a

    RA1: The Racist Designs of American Cities

    In part two of her piece “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment,” Sarah Schindler argues that cities are intentionally designed to segregate a city’s poor and minority populations. Specifically, she argues that city designers put poor communities in undesirable locations to avoid clashes with the upper class. For example, in […]

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  • February 8, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 3: SNL Skit

    As a top Trump donor told the outlet, “Trump doesn’t like his people to look weak.” This speaks volumes about Trump’s concept of weakness and strength — particularly since the cross-gender casting isn’t what made the “Sean Spicer Press Conference” go viral. It was because the sketch was incredibly funny, thanks to McCarthy’s comedic mastery. […]

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  • The introduction of David Fleming’s City of Rhetoric gives examples of why the social construct of city planning must be changed. He uses the example of the very poor, predominantly black community of Cabrini Green in the north side of Chicago. Fleming explains that when black migrated to northern cities to escape southern discrimination, they […]

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  • The book City of Rhetoric by David Fleming argues that public discourse and city planning are directly connected. Fleming claims that the placement of buildings has “social meaning” (Fleming xi). For example, during the urbanization period of the United States, cities’ placement of government housing demonstrated the attitudes of the people living in such housing. […]

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  • February 1, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 2: Small Great Things

    It just goes to show you: every baby is born beautiful. It’s what we project on them that makes them ugly. -Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things   Jodi Picoult has been my favorite author for a very long time. She was my grandmother’s all time favorite author, and my grandmother had read all of Picoult’s […]

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  • January 30, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 1: This is Us

    In this clip from the hit show This is Us, young Randall struggles with being different from his twin siblings Kate and Kevin. Randall has always know that he was different from his family. He is the only black, adopted member of his family which has always made him feel like an outsider. Randall’s fear […]

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