I just waded through a whole heap of shit by people who teach rhetoric. One focuses on rhetoric as a means of political persuasion ( I think ) and concentrates on the use of rhetoric throughout history. For me that is such a fucking waste of time. The second concentrated on rhetorical devices as a means of improving grammar, and basically I guess how to create more forceful, persuasive arguments (presumably in essays - think how contrived that is!) The last one concentrated on pathos, ethos, and logos together with logical fallacies. I don't know why - maybe with a nod to history. Me I use it as a scalpel to understand / remix the world like a thought DJ. Yeah. But do I really have 4 more years of this? It better improve.