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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Adapting to Assumptions

Effective Speech is Adapted to the Listener and to the Speech Situation.
Basic Principles of Speech 4th Edition (Sarett/Sarett/Foster)

Effective Essays are Adapted to the Reader and to the Assumed Situation.
(Initial principle modified to apply to the writing of brief essays.)

I think most of my blogs reflect that I am not writing for elementary school children.  Neither am I writing for a reader who is under immediate threat of a funnel cloud.  I usually write in subject and style for a skilled reader with sufficient leisure and quiet to allow at least a modicum of reflection on the essay at hand.  Beyond these assumptions, I write for Everyman.  

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