Dennis Rodman and the Art of the (Metaphoric) Screen
Phase #1: You are about to experience truth -- someone's version of it. Some years ago a now-infamous incident occurred in the world of professional basketball. The participants included a basketball player, a referee, a cadre of players and coaches, and ten thousand or so fans. You are about to read two different accounts (or versions) of the same incident. You will likely see some differences between them, although the differences lay not so much in matters of "fact" as in the strategic use of metaphors and other rhetorical devices by which each account is given its particular rhetorical character. As you read them, consider the effect that each version is likely to have on audiences who did not actually witness the event(s), and, who experienced only a single written version.
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by Michael E. Eidenmuller
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