The general objective of this course is to introduce you to basic concepts of communication criticism by asking you to analyze and evaluate the oral and written communication that goes on around you. Throughout the semester we will look at a broad range of persuasive messages: Over the next 27 Class periods we will analyze messages that appear in speeches, ads, social media, written works, film, television, cartoons, art and music. Always our attempt will be to understand how the context and the symbols that make up the messages are inviting us to understand and possibly to act in the world. Hence our perspective is not only critical but rhetorical as well. Hopefully you will gain insight and practical skills, which will help you, appreciate and understand more fully the richness and complexity of the communication process that creates your world.