Prompt, modern answer is: “a question that won’t need an answer.” The question is supposed to give a lesson most of the time to chastise the audience into accepting propositions put forward by the ‘orator’ or the writer.
Rhetoric is one of the arts of communications described by Aristotle as part of his pentad crafts. Simply, you say something without considering to prove it. Listeners listen without arguing back. Then you leave the podium, or lector to one, to any other one, who puts his own rhetoric into the judgement of his audience. Perhaps I know that rhetoric, art of speech and oration, has extended and diverse meanings. But I leave them for later.
This blog is dedicated to those who have something to say, without they can find definite documentation and prove their points.
For example, sometimes ago a friend asked something about events around the decisions for beginning the first world war. I could remember facts from the documentaries I had seen but for certain I could not find those documents as evidence of my propositions. This is where one cannot use the term ‘investigative essay’ but somehow things which are near to reality.
In such cases it is fair to avoid blatant labels, libelling , lies and accusations, except in mild rhetoric: asking some bitter questions, or sarcastic questions, that naturally will not expect and will not wait for an answer, from the audience but only has an awakening effect.
We frequently might enter the partisan ideas . Then how far we respect the freedom of speech? This rhetorical question has been answered many times and could be one of the main themes of these blogs that could attract response from different contributors.
Later, I discuss some domains of communication adjacent to the rhetoric, such as puffery and bullshit.