Rhetorical Strategies in Murray’s “What’s wrong with Wrong with Vocational School?” The topic of college and secondary education is important and relevant today. Many urge every high school senior to attend a four-year university, however in Charles Murray’s article, “What’s wrong with Vocational School?” found in the second edition Practical Argument textbook, Murray argues that a four-year university is just not ideal for everyone. He argues society shouldn’t think of vocational school as second class.
The article “Your E-Book is Reading You” by Alexandra Alter appears to be controversial in regards to the rhetoric aspect because it manages to prove not only positive stance on the issue of E-Book surveillance, but the negative one as well. The author manages to keep her stance objective, so it becomes unclear what exactly the she is attempting to prove. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the rhetorical devices that the author uses, which are ethos, pathos, and logos (Brundage, 8-9), in order to reveal make author’s standpoint on the matter. Before getting to the three major rhetorical techniques, examining the title gives a clue as to the author’s implied position on whether the digital surveillance of E-book producers is good
In his text, he uses multiple styles of writing to show the readers what is happening to colleges. The main styles he uses is Pathos, Logos, and Ethos. Pathos is a style that seeks out to evoke the readers emotional to gain approval. One example is teachers tend to give A’s to please the consumers. He talks about the way students tend to force professors in giving good grade to stay away from getting a bad review.
Cass Sunstein explains in his article, “How Facebook Makes Us Dumber”, the tendency of facebook users to seek out information that confirms what they already believe. He explains the “vicious spiral” that occurs when a homogenous community of facebook users share articles that don’t necessarily have any factual truth. The article confirms whatever bias the community holds, and thus strengthening the belief. Readers of these articles don’t feel the need to fact check or seek out any contradictions of the article because they agree with the article’s content, and because every article that is shared within the community features the same opinion, it becomes as if opposition doesn’t even exist. In Leonard Pitt’s “When ears don’t hear, truth is
Ethos- Uses authors, economists, students and even cites herself, this helps establish her as an expert and makes her arguments more believable. Pathos- Conveys feelings of confusion and sadness that students feel after realizing that they wasted time and money on college. She also uses this to plant doubts in readers minds about their own feelings..
Into the Electronic Millennium by Sven Birkerts, written in 1991, is an informative essay that goes into depth about how society is becoming dependent on electronics as a way of communication. New generations will encounter drastic changes as a result of the switch from printed words to electronic media. Birkerts’ intent is to inform his audience about the dangers that electronics will bring to future generations. He thinks that seeking information through printed words are becoming a rarity for younger people. He also claims that since people are dependent on electronics now, people do not have a mind of their own.
In between the middle of his essay, another tool that he utilizes extensively is repetition. In paragraph 16 through 25, shows the clearest form of repetition in which he uses in his essay. In each of these paragraphs either the first word or the first sentences contains the word “illiterate.” His repetition of the word “illiteracy” is used to create almost like it is a chronic disability. That these people are no longer in control of their life or actions and are helpless to change their path.
Rhetorical Appeals The three elements of rhetorical appeals were analyzed in Po Bronson’s article “Learning to Lie,” published February 10, 2008. In the article, Po Bronson uses rhetorical devices to persuade the reader that a reasonable one-third of teens lie to their parents. Bronson discusses about young kids learning to lie and what their causes may be. To better convey his points to the reader, Bronson uses the rhetorical appeals of ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos is trying to convincing the audience and a persuader by trying to achieve credibility.
He changes up his style of writing to keep the reader entertained and also gave them a view of a student’s perspective in
Sanders offers a new perspective of angle on the concept of learning. When thinking of learning, most jump to memorization or intelligence, but Sanders argues that is not actually learning. He views learning as improving one’s self-image and comprehension so that they can use those skills in the future. He also offers a new perspective on the questions to ask about a college education. One shouldn’t ask how can I get my degree, but rather how they can get the most out of their degree.
Basically he believes it’s pointless to be reading something that isn’t giving anything you back. You’re not becoming a better person or wealthier, you’re just wasting your time. Reading should be something enjoyable and if not the information given should at least be useful to the reader in one-way or another. If the only reason you’re
To begin with, it is extremely important that our educational system stops promoting false confidence and allowing students to unlearn their current outlook on life. Both Davidson and Twenge touch upon the flaws in the current education system. As Davidson describes, “Confidence in your ability to learn is confidence in your ability to unlearn, to switch assumptions or methods or partnerships in order to do better. This is true not only for you, as an individual, but for whole institutions” (Davidson 67). Davidson believes true confidence, allows one to not only learn important ideas, but also forsake the ideas that may harm him or her from reaching a goal; she also mentions that this notion does not apply just to an individual person, but also applies
“In-Forming”, an app described as an individual 's ability to provide themselves with their own personal supply chain of information, knowledge, and entertainment, has impacted Danville by decreasing the amount of effort students have to put into their work and assignments, and by giving every person in Danville access to others in and out of the small town. Students of the Danville Area School District used to have to lug around large textbooks for every class, go to the library to find information for assignments, and write with actual writing utensils, but now, because of the world wide web, old standards required for learning have “left the building.” With a simple search for a textbook title on “Google,” students are able to access large
Pathos is an emotional appeal of speech which is mostly how Roth gets his readers involved with his book. In chapter two one of the best examples on how Roth uses ethos is in the beginning when he is explaining the story of how he was late for a board meeting and would come up with some sort of excuse. He explains how he would say an excuse to the board chair-man to make himself feel better about being late. Well Roth says that “still, I had held things up, and the other board members, who had arrived on time, were clearly not thrilled. Deep down I knew that the highway traffic was not the real issue.”
He argues the importance of the believer and how the skills apply to any course because “we need the believing game to help us find flaws in our own thinking” (5). The believing game helps readers examine ideas from the writer’s point of view and seek ways of bettering it so they can understand the text. Professor Elbow’s second idea concerns the doubter, and how this method leads to the development of critical thinking, “the doubting game can reveal flaws or bad logic in arguments that support one position or another” (6). A doubter becomes skeptical of ideas presented to them. They distance themselves from ideas to form a better judgment.