[Res Rhetorica]”The rhetoric of ‘whataboutism’ in american journalism and political identity”
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[Res Rhetorica]”The rhetoric of ‘whataboutism’ in american journalism and political identity”

[Res Rhetorica]”The rhetoric of ‘whataboutism’ in american journalism and political identity”

Alan Dykstra bada kontekstowe użycie terminu “whataboutism” [pl. “a za to u was”] we współczesnej polityce amerykańskiej, szczególnie w języku komentarzy politycznych.

Abstract
This paper is focused on the contextual use of the term “whataboutism” in contemporary American politics, specifically in the language of political news commentary. After tracking the word’s emergence in political discourse, some analysis of the term’s recent use in examples of commentary articles is done to explore what the term means as a rhetorical device that structures political conversations in the media and shapes political identities in the public sphere. Overall, “whataboutism” is found to be part of an asymmetrical media ecosystem polarizing the American electorate, and one of the rhetorical tools systematically used in maintaining political group divisions. How “whataboutism” is deployed in
political discourse and then grappled with or normalized by journalists is emblematic of trends in American journalistic discourse after the election results of 2016, and the term’s newfound prevalence is illustrative of the degree to which American identities have become politically tribalized.

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Artykuł pochodzi z „Res Rhetorica”, Vol 7, No 2 (2020), pt. Rhetoric of American Identities/Retoryka amerykańskich tożsamości (redaktorki numeru: Anna Bendrat, Elżbieta Pawlak-Hejno).

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