Rhetorical Analysis: for dummies

Right off the back, I want to share that this chapter of Good Reasons is a great way to conclude everything we learned in our writing class, because it: 1. provides me a better understanding of what is expected in my college writing as a rhetorical writer  and 2. draws themes from readings throughout the session. I found it very helpful that the authors broke down “rhetorical analysis” to it’s simplest terms, and even added the history behind the many words included in this method of writing. Just like Tracy Ore presented, to get a more wholesome understanding of the argument and gain awareness and appreciation of the text, one must use critical thinking. Rather than reacting immediately to a claim, stop and study what the person is trying to get across and where they are coming from – recommend by authors Chris Mooney, Faigley, and Selzer. One neat thing this chapter did was providing an example rhetorical analysis of Leslie Marmon Silko’s “The Border Patrol State.” Even though I did not read it, I feel like I have enough information to write a short paper on her argument by the end of the chapter. The emphasis on the contextual analysis of her article really convinced me that Silko had a hidden agenda when she published her writing. Yes, she is arguing against the illegal and unethical treatment of her people by the United States Government, but she is also attacking policies: the Contract for America and Proposition 187. Which deliberately exemplifies what rhetoric means; the effective use of communication by production and understanding. 

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Facts vs. Beliefs: The Struggle Which Will Probably Never End

“The Science of Why We don’t Believe Science,” ends with a very interesting theory: In order to persuade people, you have to present the information by fusing the audience’s beliefs with the facts. In other words, speak in their language if you want to get anything across. I agree with Professor Festinger that the beliefs of the individual can skew how they interpret the facts, but what are they supposed to do about it? Whether they are religious beliefs we are taught from birth or information we receive from media sources, the entire belief system was socially created in order to keep the world sane. There is a sense of stability and reassurance in knowing that everything you have based your life on or you thoughts you fill your head with is not totally made up. Back in my junior year of high school, Theory of Knowledge was one of the hardest courses for most of my class because it forced you to reevaluate your beliefs. For example, when we read a history book in America, the information about World War 2 is going to be presented differently – focusing on praising the US – than in Germany. I know for sure, though, that if american high school students were taught using a German curriculum, it would be hard to convince them that what they are learning is true. Only because the American persona is so ingrained in them, just like any other belief is deeply ingrained in an individual. Personally, there is almost no way someone could convince me that women and men should not be treated equal, but I am trying to keep an “open mind.”


My Fancy Pants Review of Duchamp’s Fountaine

Bonjour mes amis. Aujourd’hui je vais à la Louvre….As I looked around the same boring room, looking at the same boring stuff everyone praises as art, I was suddenly struck dumb. I caught myself staring at this porcelain, off-white piece – turning my head and breaking my neck to see – that resembled pretty much what I just used in the lavatory. It was cleaner than the one I used, except for the simple stroke signature on the side, and gave off a certain aurora that the one I used could never possess. I walked closer to hear the comments of the crowd emerging around this piece. One lady bellowed that it was “outrageously disrespectful,” and in response, another man told her to shut up. The waves of different emotions were intoxicating and oh so delightful. Never have I ever felt so drawn to a piece so wittingly constructed and serves as such a crowd attraction – like the Mona Lisa. Whoever R. Mutt is, believe me when I saw, ce l’homme est le plus intelligent artist of this decade and I highly advise you, mes amis,to go experience the Urinal.


My PRACTICE Annotation

Dirse, Zoe. “Gender in Cinematography: Female Gaze (Eye) behind the Camera.” Journal of Research in Gender Studies. Vol. 3. (2013) ProQuest Central. 15-29. Web. 10 Jul 2013

As a professor at the Theatre School of Ryerson University and a professional cinematographer,  Zoe Dirse dives into the world of the film industry and the lack of representation of women within it in her article, “Gender in Cinematography: Female Gaze (Eye) behind the Camera.” She hopes to introduce film theory students to the meanings of the female vision; as well as, inform them of the affect of the masculine driven industry on women. Dirse analyzes the techniques of well known female filmmakers like Alice Guy Blache and even supports her claim with her own works and the techniques used. As for informing the audience, she shares how the “male gaze” is a product of the increase of employed “white middleclass male…with access to education or contacts within the industry” (Dirse, 3). In addition, when women do direct films they are usually feminist in theme like the passion of a lesbian couple or the projected raw perspective of an abused women – revealing the years of women being “relegated to absence, silence and marginality” (Dirse, 2). Dirse’s investigation is valuable because it provides the perspective of several known female cinematographers on the lack of women in the industry as well as her own.

From Poster Child to Protester

When you watch t.v. there is always that commercial of a starving child or suffering animal bearing their solemn eyes right into your heart, through your body, and into your wallet as you call to make your donation to a cause you know nothing about. Since I’m broke I do not commit to giving money to the organization closing in on the cure or providing fresh water, but that does not stop me from feeling pity and wanting to help. According Laura Hershey, I would be a typical human being who got sucked into the propaganda and tricks of these organizations like the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. In her article, Hershey explains the negative and demeaning image the telethon is devising and reinforcing of people with disabilities like herself. I never gave much thought about what a disable person would think about those commercials, but I now see how wrong the companies are. When I see anyone with a disability or illness my automatic setting is pity. I wonder how hard their lives must be and how long they have left and I feel terrible about it. Only a few know that disable people are just as capable of “getting educated, working, and having families” (Hershey 235). However, it would be easier if they were provided access to services and get immediate results, whereas now they have to wait for a cure. With some conditions, a cure will not be found until they are gone and it is keeping them from continuing living their lives as much as they can. I admire Hershey’s writing and use of voice. Her paper does not evoke pain like most papers on this topic is expected to do, but more of determination as she wants to see a change in this industry and the thoughts of the majority of non disabled people – a change she has set in me.


Proposal {take 2}

Even though I said I wanted to branch out from my usual themes of issues, I found so many discussions on gender inequality that the temptation was deadly. The Always “Like a girl” ad has received a ton of positive reviews, but the first article I clicked on was negative. This changed my idea of who exactly the rhetors are in this conversation. Of course women, young ladies, teenagers, and little girls are stakeholders in this conversation, as well as the opposite sex, but I feel like it is corporate discussion as well. The negative review from The Daily Beast says that there are similar ads on gender inequality and women’s identity from other companies like Dove, Virginia Slims, and HelloFlo. Apparently there is a way this video was presented that left a sour taste in some people’s mouths. The issue is also very important to think about when half of the population is generalized in losing confidence by three small words. Plus, with the possibility of our first female president in a couple of years could also have some effect on this issue.


Empowering Always video redefines what it means to run ‘like a girl’

This is the issue I WANT to propose to you Professor Markins.

FOX31 Denver

LOS ANGELES — The latest ad by Always, the maker of sanitary pads, considers why girls lose confidence after puberty and clearly, it has struck a chord; in less than a week, it has more than 17 million views on YouTube.

It’s the latest in what’s becoming a trend of gender empowerment videos and campaigns by consumer products companies. In the past few months, Pantene raised questions about why women apologize, Dove urged women to appreciate their beauty and HelloFlo hilariously showcased a girl pretending to get her first period.

In the Always ad, adolescent girls, older women, boys and men are asked to demonstrate how to “run like a girl,” “fight like a girl” and “throw like a girl.”

They respond with negative stereotypes: arms flailing as they run, awkwardly slapping instead of making powerful punches.

Compare that with how girls 10 and younger answered: They were girls on…

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