Assignment 1

[Analyze rather than summarize. How do the authors use the rhetorical triangle to convince the reader and how do they support their arguments?] Professors such as Chabris and Simons write articles that keep us wondering why things happen. We all have different opinions on these matters and that’s why people feel like they must comment their opinion. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] On the article “Why Our Memories Fails Us” they talk about how scientist and political figures have been caught saying things that have never happened. Was it that they made up these statements just to lie to the public or did they believe this is how the event happened? [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] Sometimes our memories deceive us and no matter how sure we are of this memory they are just not plausible. Our memories seem to change over time, when we think back to a memory we are just gathering different information from our brain that may or may not have happened. When this happened to Dr. Tyson he realized that he was mistaken and quickly apologized for the misunderstanding. Chabris and Simons stated that apologizing and recognizing ones’ fault is something that we should all do [use of ethos: Act with honor.].


Seeing as now it is easier to express ourselves on articles like these, people are more likely to comment on whether they agree or not with what they read. After reading these comments on the readers picks [comma] I realized that many of the readers are looking for facts [use of logos would appeal to the readers] on the article. They quote information that they researched to prove their point and feel as though some points were mistaken. Some don’t agree with the article saying that the memory does not betray you in that way, relying on their own experience.


Simons and Chabris were both trying to communicate with their audience by using facts and studies that prove how ones’ memory can be deceiving. Simons participated in a panel that researched false memory. They believed that studies can convince their audience to agree with them and engage the readers. Logos was used in this article because they were not trying to prove their point with emotional or ethical appeal [Look at the respected sources they cited and the fame of people they used as examples. Both are examples of ethos. Pathos was noted above.] . As authors their tone is very informative and supportive. They not only used facts but also informed the audience of how often memories seem to betray someone who has their whole life documented and publicized. The style of writing plays a big part when the readers are trying to understand what the author is talking about. For instance, here the authors want to show the readers how memories have been distorted after many years of such memory happening. They try to explain to the readers that it is not because the person is lying about a certain subject but because we retrieve memories the same way we remember them.


The top three comments were so convincing because they used facts [logos], but also emotions [pathos] to connect with the other readers. In one of the comments [comma] the reader used links from articles to prove that he did not find Mr. Bush as intelligent as the authors did. The following reader commented using his own conversations on Facebook to prove his point which was aimed more towards logos because it was using analogies. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] After reading the top three readers picks comments and then reading the top three for The New York Times [comma] I realized that the NYT comments were using more pathos and coming from personal experiences. Sometimes it is easier to connect to other readers when you use stories that people can relate to and think back to their own experiences as well.


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