Speech (Rhetorical) Criticism
“A second purpose a critic could have is to evaluate the rhetorical experience. Such a critic also argues. If one merely praises or blames a communicator without offering reasons for the judgment, such a person is an appreciator or a carper but not a critic. Critics are distinguished by the ability to argue why a rhetorical product or process is excellent or objectionable” (Brockreide, 1985: 159)
“Two critics can explain or evaluate the same event, using a different perspective by emphasizing different dimensions, constructs, or criteria – and emerge with differing interpretations. Each person may shed light on the experience, on relevant constructs, or on both. If each critic argues his or her interpretation well, a reader can find both arguments legitimate and interesting. The value of criticism depends largely on the convincingness of the argument” (159).
Journal of Speech, 71; 151-163.