Dirty Jobs Rhetorical Analysis

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Ted Talk on Dirty Jobs

Since the dawn of the human era, humans have taken a particular pleasure in other people’s adversities. Dirty Jobs is a generally funny show; when you watch a 20-minute Ted Talk on Mike Rowe’s take of the show, it can be very humorous as well. Initially while watching, I recognized how serious his tone was. Mike was literally summarizing one of his jobs in the western city of Craig. However, he is simultaneously teaching the viewer about anagnorisis and peripeteia through his humor, as described below.

When the Dirty Jobs crew arrives in Craig, they are at the hotel, and Mike researches what he has to do for the job – he finds out he has to castrate lambs. Now, he realizes that this is going to be aired on five continents twice a day; Mike has to do this the “ethical” way. He calls the humane society and they tell him to use
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One of these is roadkill picker uppers and how they whistle while they work. Road kill is gross and nobody really wants to deal with it on a normal basis. And so it’s odd to think of someone whistling while they pick it up and clean up the mess. It’s a ridiculous type of humor that I find funny.

At another point in the video, Mike states, “Safety first – what if it’s really safety third?” It’s another ridiculous type of humor because not many people actually think this way. I find it especially funny because I actually think this way. I am such a risky person and I am honestly surprised that I’m not dead yet because of that. But that’s how you get the work done. So that, to me, is funny that he brought that up.

The there is his deadliest catch segment. Mike uses physical comedy here and acts like he is holding onto railings for dear life. This is because he is reenacting being on the Bering Sea and the captain told him that safety was on him and that it was the captain’s job to only make them rich. Mike’s nervousness was very
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