I Know it When I Hear It: The Rhetoric of the Unspeakable

Spg 2011


Phyllis Kayten

Getting Started

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"Unspeakable" Resources

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Government Documents - Congressional Hearings
You can discover congressional hearings and congressional reports using Searchworks, but you can also use the database Lexis Nexis Congressional Search to find speeches, testimony and hearings on issues such as pornography, freedom of speech, racism, sexism, and other topics of interest

Websites of Interest from the Internet Public Library

  • Columbia Journalism Review: examines day-to-day press performance as well as the forces that affect that performance. It is both a watchdog and a friend of the press in all its forms, from newspapers to magazines to radio, television, and the Web. Analyzes both the newsmakers' rhetoric and the rhetoric of the media.
  • American Rhetoric: combines THE ONLINE SPEECH BANK and THE TOP 100 SPEECHES into one easy-to-use, searchable reference database for all ages. According to the website, the online speech bank is an index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews and other recorded media events.
  • Center for Journalism Ethics - School of Journalism and Mass Communication - University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Teaching Tolerance - A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • American Porn: from PBS Frontline. Includes a test: "If you were a juror how would you vote in this obscenity case?"