COMM 339 -- Persuasion 

Dr. Lee McGaan  

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Fall 2016 Office Hours:   MWF:  9:30 - 10am, 11am - Noon & 1 -2pm TTh:  2-3pm & by apt.  |  copyright (c) by Lee McGaan, 2006-2016


Be prepared to answer the following questions in class on Wed./Fri and on into Mon.

  1. Why does the text, AP, call the "magic bullet theory" and the "rational citizen" myths? 

  2. Think of the last time you were turned down for a request you thought was deserved.  What caused your request to be rejected? 

  3. Definitions of "Persuasion" often refer to the use of symbols (or something similar).  Why is symbolic communication necessary for persuasion?  How do symbols "persuade?"

  4. Identify an idea you agree with which, nevertheless, qualifies as propaganda.  Why is it propaganda?

  5. Make a short list of several things that are illegitimate/improper to do in persuasion. 


Last updated 1/5/2016