I found this article and the topic very interesting.  I define agency as having both potential and kinetic energy- it is a force that is, morphs, and becomes. I believe that agency creates agents, and that the audience has its own agency, as an entity, with its ability to attribute agency.  This creates an interdependent agency that is introduced by the rhetor’s performance and sustained by and through the interaction from the relationship between the rhetor and his/her audience.  If an automated machine is the only audience, although a relationship will be created, there will be an imbalance because of unrealized potential in the interaction.

I find it hard to believe that the act of grading a student’s writing or speaking assignment is rhetorical at all. The highest and most desirable goal of a student’s assignment isn’t to influence an audience; it’s to meet the requirements of the assignment to achieve…

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