As seen in the parallels made in Rosa Eberly’s article, “Everywhere You Go, It’s There,” rhetoric is an extremely ubiquitous practice. Through providing realistic insight and cultural examples, Eberly conveys to readers rhetoric’s productive and practical powers, as well as how memory is shaped through its discourse. Like most highly publicized, emotion saturated events, the inclusion of media and mass attention can smear personal memories. Take any modern news report of an event these days, and you will find a generalized overview, highlighting the main authorities without thorough insight from individuals.
This being said, media platforms are really the only available outlet for personal sentiments on pivotal events, or a topos. Eberly argues that although the radio gives public access, it does not necessarily lead to the discussion between individuals or collective judgments. I think that by using the Whitman T-shirt sale as an example of cultural artifacts, Eberly exemplifies what can happen when rhetoric is used univocally. From this article, I was able to take away the notion that rhetoric can be used to alter perceptions of events, by views competing to monopolize public memory. Use a rhetorical lens, and one can easily see institutional repression in any publicly involved situation.