Researching Rhetorically using “BEAM”

Beam—Adopt a rhetorical perspective towards research-writing in which a methodology is used to determine how

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sources are used in a paper. It proposes an alternative to the standard nomenclature: Background—general information that the writer uses for general information or factual evidence. Exhibit—for material a writer analyzes or interprets; argument—for whose claims a writer engages. And Method for material from which a writer takes a governing concept or derives a manner of working… Joseph Bishop. Rhetoric Review (2008)27.1: 72-86

Background—Bishop says that a writer “uses background arguments, facts, and information to (structure his or argument) to enter the conversation.” And he uses these facts in a method he calls: “governing concepts.”  A writer develops his or her facts (supporting or non-supporting), not by citing what others have said but by characterizing these facts in an ordered cataloged, summary manner, not really quoting previous conversations.

Under the heading Exhibit–Bishop uses a–Curious asymmetry research style: “Thumb-nail” definitions and excerpts of another writer’s work. While this method helps, it is said that this style can also be problematic. And is very contemporary—is very appropriate for blogs and the internet–and is interpreted by this writer as “works of art.”

My argument is exactly as Bishop declares: ” today’s media is so diverse that no one style of research writing will meet all the unique mediums.

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Argument—which material or whose material do you want to engage, dispute, support, or collaborate in the community’s discussion as a point of departure for your own position on the subject.

Method—selecting sources, terms, procedures, and facts in a meaningful manner to high light your point (argument) in the conversation. The Related links below are conversations on the subject Bishop and myself have entered. Join in if you like by commenting of each blog…


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