ENGL 135: Assignment C - Rhetorical Analysis In the article, “In Defense of the iGeneration”, (Wilson, 2013, p. 273) Renee Wilson argues that people mistakenly stereotype the “iGeneration” (Wilson, 2013, p. 273), comprised of people born in the 1990’s, as lazy, disrespectful, and detrimentally absorbed in technology. She believes the iGeneration form a willing and qualified group prepared to play a productive role in society, only restricted by the older generation’s lack of respect and openness. She argues her case by counter-arguing criticism of the iGeneration, supporting her opinion with experience as a teacher, including articles and examples of students, and use of pathos through tonality and anecdotes; however, she fails to clearly transition between some of her ideas and lacks a solid foundation of facts and statistics.
What is the advertisement’s argument? It is to not drink and drive, as drinking and driving will most likely kill you and your pet at home will be waiting for you to get home as they are unaware of your death and will not know why Who is the intended audience? People who drink and also have the license to drive. Identify two (2) examples of the rhetorical appeals used in the advertisement.
“Conscience is a man’s compass” (Van Gogh). It would only be of nature for a teenager to prove Van Gogh wrong, and Elizabeth Kolbert identifies this in “The Terrible Teens”. She appeals to the opinions of experts in neurology and psychology, and deconstructs the adolescent brain to her audience through the use of metaphors. In “The Terrible Teens”, Elizabeth Kolbert uses methods of development and rhetorical devices at a high caliber to justify why teens act the way they do.
Host, Derek Waters, in two of the videos, “Drunk History: Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks” and “Drunk History: John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson,” engages with inebriated guest who recount the history of the U.S. The purpose of the first is to portray the contribution of Colvin and Parks to the Bus Boycott by having an intoxicated woman narrate the story. The second depicts the deterioration of Adams and Jefferson’s friendship during the 1800 election which is reiterated by a tipsy man. The first video adopts a sympathy tone in order to elicit a similar emotion from discriminatory experiences in the adult viewers. In the second video, it adopts a ridiculous tone in order to convey amusement in the adult viewers.
There are 1.3 Billion people in the world who live on less than $1.25 a day, this is significantly less than what we spend in one meal. 22,000 children die every day due to poverty related illnesses. These are tragic numbers that we don’t even think about when walking down to lunch. Philosopher and Utilitarian Peter Singer wrote “The Life You Can Save” an entire book about this exact issue, and how we the privileged American people can help, and how we should help these people who are meaninglessly dying. Some argue against Singers Utilitarian view, and many come short.
The impact that First Lady Obama left on the world is that she and many others can be powerful and make a movement for the future of the women. However, it was initially a struggle for her as an African American First Lady. There is actually a campaign that she is running called “Let’s Move” which serves as a rhetorical attempt to overcome those problems. The “Let’s Move” campaign exemplify the strategic use of the rhetorical persona to form the image of the archetypal mother and use of identification to create a constitutive audience of American families.
Drinking while Driving Brad Bulla article “What are the Chances your Child will Ride in the Car with a Drinking Driver” explains how his son, Jedidiah, died. He tells his story of how his son died when Jedidiah went into a car with a friend of his that had been drinking while driving. Jedidiah had many aspirations of what he envisioned himself as after his final year of high school, but he could not reach his aspirations because of the poor decision that he made; his decision of riding with a driver who had been drunk. Jedidiah wanted the driver to quit drinking but the driver did not stop drinking, so Jedidiah took over the car which ended up killing him while the driver that drunk had survived. Brad Bulla incorporates different studies and statistics
Rhetorical Analysis On September 30, 1998, two students at the University of Maryland wrote articles in The Diamondback student newspaper, debating whether there should be a bar in the newly renovated Student Union. In “A Nice Cold Beer Can Help after Class,” Dan Sernovitz argues for a campus bar. While Kirsten Frese, in “All a Bar Will Bring is More Problems,” disagrees. Sernovitz relies primarily on pathos and cause and consequence, along with a couple analogies.
Rhetorical Challenges: Complexity & Cultural History Controversial rhetorical evidences have existed as long as humans practiced the art of rhetoric. The ways the audience participates and conceptualizes the content of the topic depends on the complexity, cultural history and other related challenges. Our textbook had interesting incite on some of the challenges that arise from the purpose and subject of a given rhetorical context, which was something that I wasn’t formally educated in. I found it interesting that not only the subject but the purpose of a rhetorical artifact can alter the participation of the audience on a greater scale than I originally thought.
Jonathan Edwards was a revivalist, preacher, philosopher, and a protestant during the 18th century. During the 18th century, he wrote a sermon called Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God which is an example of The Great Awakening. The Great Awakening was a time period where they started to use descriptive language and they really started to focus on the individual. Edwards’s sermon expresses the ideology of emotionalism, persecution, and revivalism. While I was reading his sermon I realized that his sermon really expresses the ideology of emotionalism.