Elements like diction and syntax plays an important role in the development of Malcolm Gladwell's thesis. This summary of his thesis is ‚We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and determine success. Gladwell uses diction and syntax to give depth and understanding to the target audience. In Outliers, Gladwell examines several different groups of people or individuals who went from rags to riches. Structure aids and diction help Gladwell describe the amazing chance that shows the outcome of Bill Gates. In chapter two describing these opportunities, Gladwell starts sentences with, "Opportunity number one", "Opportunity number two", and further on. For example Galdwell describes an amount of opportunities that "gave Bill Gates extra time to practice.
Ever wanted to throw down that textbook and read something enjoyable for once? Well, go ahead! Chunk that dull textbook out a window and pick up a comic; it will be more beneficial to your education than you think. The skills and values that liberally educated people should posses can vary from different views, yet the list of ten qualities that William Cronon created in his article, “’Only Connect…’ The Goals of a Liberal Education”(1998), is an inspirational goal for the liberally educated. Cronon’s list of qualities includes solving problems and puzzles, empowering others, and understanding how to get stuff done in the world. However, as I read through Cronon’s list, I could not come up with one person who had all ten qualities of a liberally
The essay “Small Change” by Malcolm Gladwell gives a brief explanation of a 1960’s boycott sit-in organized by a small group of African Americans who weren’t allowed to sit at the snack bar that was reserved for Caucasians. Gladwell used this example to further elaborate about how high-risk activism requires a strong hierarchical structure in order to thrive. “Tweet like an Egyptian” is about the Arabs that are located throughout Africa and the Middle East gaining access to social networking. Attaining the internet allowed Arabs to acquire a virtual life of freedom of speech and expression. The internet empowered these people with information to challenge their authorities in real life.
Firstly, Gladwell mentions the three rules of epidemics throughout the book in order to connect the multiple epidemics to one another. Effectively he is able to break down the epidemics into simple, understandable categories clarifying the phenomenon he calls the “tipping point,”. Furthermore, the rules are: the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context. These three rules portray a way in which one can understand epidemics, particularly how and why they
The three modes of persuasion are ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos, pathos, and logos are used by individuals who desire to persuade an audience with a particular argument or claim. Persuasion techniques are often used by political figures, sales people, entrepreneurs, and just about anyone trying to persuade a target audience through emotions, character, and logic. The ad, I Am One, shows how these vehicles of persuasion are presented and used; rhetorical strategies like tone, attitude, and non-rhetorical strategies related, patriotism and history references.
The book I have chosen to review is Boy 21, a fictional read that is written by Matthew Quick. Quick is a New York Times best-selling author debuting in novels such as The Silver Linings Playbook and Love May Fail. To best describe this book, it is a captivating read that is comforting for the mind, as it canvasses the raw and unflinching life of a high school senior who displays love for basketball and life relationships. Furthermore, set in a troubled Belmont city of Philadelphia, Quick incorporates the presence of mobs and violence which is captivating towards the reader and audience. I was intrigued about how the novel was written through Finley the main protagonist, which was Quick’s childhood perspective of life in Philadelphia and his passion towards basketball.
Writers do their job because they want to express their ideas to make an impact on the readers. Sometimes they want to convince their audience through persuasion. They can do it using different rhetorical elements such as logos, ethos, and pathos. These are Greek words that mean logic, character, and emotion consecutively.
In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell uses the persuasive techniques such as figurative language, rhetorical questions, and analogies to persuade readers that the American view of success is wrong, and that success is the product of opportunities, hidden advantages, and hard work. In Chapter Two, these techniques are used to describe his idea of “The 10,000-Hour Rule” - that belief it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something.
A pandemic is a disease that exists throughout an entire country, continent, or the entire world.
“The more one contemplates the hot viruses, the less they look like parasites and the more they begin to look like predators” (Preston 136). There is many different viruses around the planet; each spreading and mutating, jumping from species to species, picking out and taking down their prey. Richard Preston identifies viruses as predators in his novel, The Hot Zone, to show just how lethal they really are; the worst being the hot agent Ebola. The Ebola virus is the most dangerous hot agent, with high fatality rates, mutations, and limited survivors.
Gladwell argues that our greatest strengths can also become our greatest weaknesses. I find Gladwell’s argument to be false based on the fact that the underdog doesn’t always win. He brings into question whether Goliath was actually a strong giant or an incapable underdog; Was David a dark horse or was he favored to win. Gladwell tells many tales in which the underdog faces obstacles they must overcome to succeed, but the underdog can’t always succeed. This is one of the flaws in Gladwell’s argument.
When asked what a network is, I usually think about the internet or my phone’s network. It had never occurred to me to go further in depth on the subject. In order to fully understand what a network is we must look into what all networks have in common. All networks whether they are a broadcast, a computer, or a business network (the list goes on) all share common traits. There exists a hierarchy within each network and the more connections one has, the better. For example, within a business network the more connections one has, the higher the position they can gain. All networks are self-motivated, transfers knowledge, contains subnetworks, have a set of protocols, rules, can have bad connections and they all have a connection in a common
In “Out of the Wild,” the author uses definition to define of Marburg . The author used definition to help the reader understand what Marburg is and what it can do to the human body. The author describes Marburg as a zoonotic and a RNA virus, which infects bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals and which is transmitted from animals to humans. The author provides a useful definition on Marburg, which helps the reader understand the article more because without knowing what Marburg is the article would not make sense to the average reader. In “The Deadliest Virus,” the author also uses definition to help the readers truly understand what H5N1 is and the affect it can have on the world. The author describes H5N1 as bird flu like virus, which spreads from chickens to humans and is very contagious and has a high fatality rate. If the definition of H5N1 was not present, the reader would have to make an assumption of what it is; however, there are multiple hints that would help the reader figure out what H5N1 was through context clues. Due to the fact that “The Dealiest Virus had multiple context clues to help define H5N1, the definition in “Out of the Wild” is needed and the author does a better job to assert what Marburg is. Another rhetorical pattern used by both authors is cause and effect, which plays a big role in developing the severity of the viruses. In “Out of the Wild,” Quammen uses cause and effect to show what could happen to the world if the Marburg virus was to escape the bats and get to other animals and eventually into human nature. The Marburg virus is fast acting in human hosts so it will act quickly in humans and through Joostens experience one can see the effects of the Marburg virus are organ failure, comas and possibly death. However, he fails to elaborate on Marburg its self he spends more time talking
The book The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, looks at how small choices can impact big ones. It explains how society changes very rapidly and very unexpectedly. “The tipping point is the biography of an idea.” When one person in Baltimore has Syphilis it is then passed on to other humans who are then infected as well. Before you know it you have an entire city infected with Syphilis, this is called the tipping point. The book also explains as to why fashion trends emerge, why racial issues decreased, and why teenagers turn to smoking. The main key points in this book is epidemics, and the three epidemic rules are the law of the few, the stickiness factor, and the power of context. Throughout the book examples are given. For instance, why
According to BusinessDictionary (2017), persuasion is defined as a process aimed at changing attitude or behavior of a person or a group toward some event, idea, object, or another person(s). The information, feelings, or reasoning, or all of them is conveyed by using written or spoken words (http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/persuasion.html). Through the conveyance of a message, the communicators try to persuade listeners to change their mindsets or behavior regarding an issue, in an atmosphere of free choice (Perloff, 2003). This means that persuasion involves audiences and they have free choice. Basically, the communicators do not persuade people, the people persuade themselves. The communicators just clear the