Reagan’s platform as an actor allowed him to appear in the political spotlight when he gave a well-received televised speech for Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Leading up to this speech Reagan’s ideologically had become increasingly conservative. A few years after the speech Reagan was elected as governor of California. Reagan’s popularity and charisma aided him into becoming the 40th president of The United States. Reagan is notoriously known for his ability to influence legislation.
Reagan begins his speech with a religious joke, though seemingly just an ice breaker, this is how Reagan beings his pathos and ethos appeal. The joke is based on the idea that there are few politicians that go to heaven, though not literally implied, Reagan makes the connection of himself with the politician that went to heaven. This subtle joke appeals to pathos and ethos, people think that he’s moral and belongs in heaven and also gives him the credibility of someone who has done good and belongs in heaven. This is also an endorsement of Christianity specifically, the largest and most prominent
Margaret made Reagan seem like a regular person that anyone could have been friends with because he was like everyone else. Margaret emphasizes how strong her and Ronald Reagan’s bond was by adding his nickname “Ronnie…” which draws emotion (ethos) from the crowd(Thatcher). Thatcher gave Reagan a nickname in her eulogy so that the audience would be able to recognize how dear he is in her heart. Moreover, by inputting some of her personal life into the eulogy the audience feels closer and more connected to her. Margaret shares how she “...worked closely…” beside Reagan for “...eight…” of their “...most important years…” together(Thatcher).
He saw America as a shining example of freedom, rather than a country with an obligation to step in and help. At this time of global crisis with the Cold War at its peak, Reagan took a step inward, focusing on America. This can be understood by Reagan’s continued belief that big government is the problem rather than a solution. Kennedy aimed to be involved in global affairs, while Reagan wanted to focus on the United States, therefore ignoring the original concept of American exceptionalism. Ironically, the term American exceptionalism became most popular during the Reagan era.
He was not perfect and had more than one white house scandal during his presidency that he turned a blind eye to. But Grant did as well during his second term. Most would say that Reagan knew nothing of politics before becoming president. He was a Hollywood actress and very famous and some may even say that was why he was elected. But in my opinion it may have got the attention of many of us but his campaign is what got him elected.
However, he had the other face of strong opponent of nuclear weapons. And he had a passion to grasp real Soviet Union because he believed mutual understanding will solve problems between United States and Soviet. However, for Soviet people, the former image was so strong that mutual understanding was difficult. What is more, Reagan was incoherent person. It deepened suspicion not only in Soviet Union president but also among the U.S. community.
A number of products are massified and distributed in trough media, but within those we can still find niche sections. I believe the real distinction should be, within mass culture, is it if something is “kitsch” or not. Although, I watch television on a regular basis it doesn’t mean that I watch every single reality TV, soap opera that is on. I may choose, instead, to watch other shows like a documentary on the History channel, a poker game or renowned TV series. In a sense, we can say that reality TV is a mass culture product – kitsch - but watching Breaking Bad or The Wire or even House of Cards, can be seen as way to challenge that same mass culture.
I went all out, making several different posters and hung them all around school. However, I ended up losing that election. I failed to realize I was running against a very popular classmate – and just like any election, it was merely a popularity contest. It devastated me, but I did not give up quite yet. I continued to actively participate in the club and decided to run again for office the following year.
When I asked around, my friends confessed that they mostly watched reality shows. With shows like Duck Dynasty, Life With Latoya, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Return to Amish, My Five Wives, etc. what are we saying to the next generation? Are we telling them to laugh and ridicule other people because they choose to live differently than
The sports I play are volleyball, track, and swimming. My life is always packed full with practices, meets, and games. Besides playing the sports I like to watch some sports. You probably guessed the one sport I love to watch is football. Best team in the NFL (in my opinion), and my favorite team, are the Green Bay Packers.