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    What does the word 'rhetoric' mean?

    What does the word 'rhetoric' mean? I have looked up it many dictionaries but I couldn't get the meaning.

    This ‘de facto’ status aptly articulates the reality behind the rhetoric of many libraries’ relationship to the smart city. While they do shape a
    more participatory and inclusive public culture, and might also stimulate social and entrepreneurial innovation, libraries mostly make these contributions as unequal partners with government and decision-makers. Their proximity to local communities and their status as trusted institutions with an ethos of universal access and service means that libraries are first respondents in filling the gaps between governmental visions and practical realities.

    Public Libraries in the Smart City

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    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Oct-2019 at 07:27. Reason: Fixed formatting of quote

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    Re: What does the word 'rhetoric' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    What does the word 'rhetoric' mean? I have looked up it many dictionaries but I couldn't get the meaning.

    This ‘de facto’ status aptly articulates the reality behind the rhetoric of many libraries’ relationship to the smart city. While they do shape a more participatory and inclusive public culture, and might also stimulate social and entrepreneurial innovation, libraries mostly make these contributions as unequal partners with government and decision-makers.
    Their proximity to local communities and their status as trusted institutions with an ethos of universal access and service means that libraries are first respondents in filling the gaps between governmental visions
    and practical realities.


    Public Libraries in the Smart City


    Dale Leorke
    Danielle Wyatt
    Talk. Or talk that's just talk and nothing else.

    (I reformatted the text.)
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    Re: What does the word 'rhetoric' mean?

    "way of speaking"
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    #4

    Re: What does the word 'rhetoric' mean?

    Here, it could mean the language used in discussions on this topic.

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    Re: What does the word 'rhetoric' mean?

    I consider this a bad case of academese.

    The rhetoric of the relationship? Pah!

    Also, the status articulates the reality? Bad writing, in my humble opinion.

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    Re: What does the word 'rhetoric' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I consider this a bad case of academese.

    The rhetoric of the relationship? Pah!

    Also, the status articulates the reality? Bad writing, in my humble opinion.
    Perhaps. But they're probably very proud of themselves.
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