Elements of Political Communication: General guidelines – Sound< Elements of Political Communication | General guidelines
William Jennings Bryan understood well the cadence and rhythm required in political communication. Notice the careful use of purposeful repetition.
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When writing, repeat phrases to emphasize themes or ideas, but avoid repeating the same word or sound inadvertently. Casual writers frequently misuse idioms. A careful reading, however, can often help to identify these issues before they are published. Before submission or publication, read the piece aloud slowly and pronounce every word. Do this a few times and make any necessary corrections, then read it to a family member or friend and ask if any part needs clarification. If he or she would like to proofread the piece by reading it in print, share it after you've read it aloud.
A: Our program is community-based, so residents can actively direct the program.
B: Our program is community-based, so the community can actively direct the program.
C: Our program is community-activated, so the community can actively direct the program.
D: Our community is program-based, so the community can actively direct the program.
A: The President’s opponents used a proposed parliamentary procedure to postpone the partisan vote.
B: The President's foes used a proposed motion to delay the vote.
C: The President's political opponents used a proposed parliamentary procedure to postpone the partisan vote.
D: The President's political opponents used a parliamentary procedure, which was planned and prepared, to postpone the partisan vote.
- Bryan, Imperialism, 338–339.