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Rhetrickery is a term defined by Wayne C. Booth to describe the “whole range of shoddy dishonest communicative arts producing misunderstanding — along with other harmful results. The arts of making the worst seem the better course.” (Booth, 2004, p 11). Booth views rhetrickery’s poisoning of both political and media cultures as being a key reason for the need for an increase in the teaching of rhetoric.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ Booth W. C.(2004) Rhetoric of Rhetoric: The Quest for Effective Communication (2004) Blackwell Manifesto
  2. ^ Jon Sung-Gi, (2011) Toward Wave Rhetorics for Scholarly Communications in Human Sciences. Advances in the History of Rhetoric 14:2, pages 207-219.
  3. ^ Stern, B. B. (2008). Rhetrickery and Rhetruth in Soap Operas: Genre Convention, Hidden Persuasions, and Vulnerable Audiences. Go Figure, 51-67.
  4. ^ Jacobi, M. (2005). From Rhetrickery to Rhetorology. South Carolina Review, 37(2), 240.