Some of you may have seen this already . . . but PassiveAgressiveNotes.com is a blog where people post the little quotidian, passive-aggressive notes that punctuate our lives, like the ones your roommate might leave on the refrigerator to remind you NOT to eat their food, or the ones you might receive on your car letting you know that your parking job is not appreciated, etc.
What I, as a rhetorician, love about these notes is that they offer up interesting opportunities for analyzing rhetorical situations in terms of the Bitzer-Vatz debate. For example, in this little note (http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2010/10/07/crushing/ ) to a neighbor complaining about the way he/she closes the door, I am sure the author may have thought that this was a rhetorical situation in the Bitzerian sense–a situation marked by exigence, an “imperfection marked by urgency”–but clearly, whether or not this is really an urgent problem depends on your perspective. I, for one, am not so sure that this is a rhetorical situation that is “located in reality” or “objective and publicly observable”; rather than being an intrinsically rhetorical situation (a “historical fact in the world we experience”), this situation is one that has been given salience (effectively or ineffectively) by a rhetor whose perception of the even is clearly shaped by his/her own subjective position.