In Paul Bogard’s article, “Let There Be Dark” originally published in the Los Angeles Times on December 21, 2012 he uses various rhetorical devices to persuade his audience that natural darkness should be preserved. In order to begin his article he uses an anecdote in paragraph one, “At my family’s cabin… spreads of stars.” He does this to show that when he was young he experienced the darkness and how time has changed since then. Following his personal story he uses facts on how “Our bodies need darkness… darkness for sleep.”
In his article titled, “Let There Be Light”, Paul Bogard tries to convince readers that efforts should be taken to preserve natural darkness. He builds his argument using rhetorical devices such as a personal anecdote and concrete details to help persuade his audience that we should limit our use of artificial light at night. To introduce the reader to his argument, Bogard presents a personal anecdote of how dark the night sky was at his family’s cabin in Minnesota. The use of this anecdote helps establish his position on the argument.
In his article “Shooting in the Dark,” Benedict Carey argues that video games depict explicit or violent content stimulate aggressive behavior within gamers. He argues that video games like Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty, and Battlefield 3 increase aggressive urges and that exposure to these games leads to real-world hostilities. He mentions incidents like the young men who opened fire at Columbine High School and at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado—video gamers who seemed to be acting out some “dark digital fantasy”—to uphold his position. He believes a dose of violent video games can cause people to act “more rudely” than they would otherwise. Although he describes how violent video games may stimulate aggressive or hostile behavior, Carey’s argument can be challenged because there are other factors that can influence individuals to act violent and hostile.
In the eyes of Aristotle, there are three modes of persuasion in order to successfully persuade the reader. These three modes are ethos, which deals with the character of the author, pathos, which deals with the emotional influence of the author on the speaker, and logos, which deals with the the author’s appeal to logical reasoning. Paul Bogard utilizes ethos, pathos, and logos in order to effectively build an argument persuading the audience against the world’s growing reliance on artificial light in his article “Let There be Dark.” Bogard is able to establish his credibility and put himself in the audience's good graces through a short personal anecdote. Next, he puts the audience in a good emotional state with his appealing word connotation.
Paul had been in continuous custody for a very long time, possibly longer than two years. Arrested in the spring of A.D. 57, he was eventually transferred to Caesarea and imprisoned there for more than two years. Having made his appeal to Caesar, he was transferred by boat to Rome in the fall of A.D. 59. He was shipwrecked along with his personal body guard Julius, a centurion, and his arrival in Rome was delayed until the spring of A.D. 60. Paul remained under “house arrest” after his arrival in Rome awaiting his appearance before the emperor.
“Traveling Through the Dark”: Deep Meanings Within Simple Words For everyone with cognitive thought, choices are a part of everyday life, even when they are difficult to make. A choice could be deciding what to order on a menu, or it could be a decision that could be life-changing. The poem “Traveling Through the Dark” by William Stafford catches the reader’s attention with a choice the narrator must make while traveling on the road less traveled. This poem illustrates the internal conflict people face when it comes to choosing between what is right and what is easy, and it brings to life the constant battle between technology and nature. William Stafford was born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas and he had a burning passion for hunting and fishing.
The Chicago World Fair stirred many emotions in this great time of industrialization, but not only was Chicago shining in the spotlight from the fair, it was also promoting something much more sinister, this dark enclosing spotlight shined directly on H.H Holmes. Burnham the leader of the World Fair and H. H Holmes the notorious serial killer, are the two main characters in this novel that Erik Larson uses the balance between light and dark between these two’s personalities. In the novel The Devil in the White City Erik Larson uses Imagery, paradox, and alliteration to show the balance between the light and dark in the ever growing city of Chicago. Imagery paints an ever expanding picture for the audience, the detailed descriptions such as “but his eyes are as blue as ever, bluer at this instant by proximity to the sea" (Larson 3).
In Anthem, the author Ayn Rand represented light and darkness in many ways. Generally, darkness indicates evil,misfortune,ignorance, or sin and light indicates good, knowledge, or forgiveness. The author used these concepts to portray strength and power which overcomes an ignorant society. The main character Equality7-2521 was curious,different, and he wanted more knowledge. Those questions that he had he eventually answered them himself.
Apologetics: The term apologetics is derived from the ancient Greek word apologia which semantically means ‘in defence of’ something. The term got popularized by the usage in New Testament by Apostle Paul in the book of Acts where he says: “ ...stand before you today and I make my defence ” (Chapter 26:2 ) The term apologetics is widely used in the western context with Christian origins, primarily referring to the defence of Christian thought. However, the term is also used in formal discussions to refer the defence pertaining to any religion and any philosophy like atheism, secularism and humanism etc. The apologetics of Buddhism, BahAi faith, Hinduism, Judaism, Deism, Pantheism are also popular.
Don’t Wanna Be Your Lover – Vanessa White (6th November) This is a shoot I ended up working on as a result of my brother being double booked and needing cover, which is an example of the type of informal recruitment that is rife in the film industry. It was a music video for the pop artist Vanessa White (best known for her time in the pop band “The Saturdays”) and I would be working with Gaffer Paul Burns. It was a different experience for me as I had never worked on a music video before, so I was intrigued to see how it would run in comparison to the other projects I had worked on. Moreover, every shoot is an opportunity to make new contacts and to demonstrate your skills to a gaffer who may want to use you again for future work.