America the Marvelous

A Response to Gills Main Aim Progymnasmata: Proverb Americans are stupid, crass, ignorant, soul-less, naïve oafs without attention, irony, or intellect. These same people will use every comforting, clever, and ingenious American invention, will demand America’s medicine, wear its clothes, eat its food, drink its drink, go to its cinema, love its music, thank God […]

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Cardell and Douglas

Selfies Progymnasmata: Comparison Cardell works through the reasoning, popularity of the selfies and how it pertains to travel. She emphasized the premeditation people put into their selfies and why there is so much thought behind it. She stats that, “Selfie-takers are routinely pathologised as vain and narcissistic, a simplistic con- struction that critics have increasingly […]

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A Journey into Night

Mimicking David Sedaris’s Essay: Journey into Night Progymnasmata: Narrative The flight from Charles De Gaulle to JFK takes the same time as New York to LA, but the international destination alters the environment of the plane. With the time difference, the flight takes a full night to get to Paris, but the actual duration is […]

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Going it Alone

A Confirmation on Haile’s Rarely Discussed Observation This story shocked me. I knew the American south and even the rural Mid-Atlantic was not understanding of diversity but some of her conversations and discoveries surprised me. Including the “Black face soap” and a man telling her she is not “Black-black”. While those interactions are telling of […]

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain Progymnasmata: Encomium   If you do not know who Anthony Bourdain is. I suggest you get to know him. Personally, that is no longer possible since he tragically committed suicide in 2018. But it is still possible to become closer to him and his message through his books, essays, and travel shows such […]

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Defining Visual Rhetorics

Advertising History and Gendered Environments. By: Diane S. Hope  Progymnasmata: Refutation While the majority of Hope’s arguments are valid and backed up with firm evidence there is a small claim she makes that is not true. In the beginning of the section titled “Advertising History and Gendered Environments” she argues that advertising companies in the […]

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Wallace Part 2

Wallace Vs. Iyer Progymnasmata: Comparison This quote from Wallace challenges the opinions of Iyer, but only in the modern form of travel. Both Wallace and Iyer are well accomplished writers, with a good education and both make opinions based on observation and fact. Iyer argues that the diversity and progress a place can gain from […]

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‘‘Parachute Artists’’ or ‘‘Tourists With Typewriters’’

The Authenticity of Guidebooks Progymnasmata: Chreia “In the golden age, writers personally knew the companies’ owners, the companies’ offices were convivial spaces for rest in-between travels and everyone was interested in travel and culture first and money second.” This is a beautiful point. As travel became more feasible the commercialization of travel also increased. It […]

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