Blog 1-Assignment 1

By approaching Memory failure with logos and ethos, FIRST NAMES Chabris and Simmons successfully translate reliability and credibility in their argument, contrary to many emotional arguments made by commentators who have strong personal opinions of certain politicians whom they deem unforgivable. NOT BAD!

Chabris and Simons make their point by starting with a clear example of how memory has failed even the great Scientists and politicians of our time. They are persuading and informing the readers that even the most powerful people make mistakes because at the end of the day they are not perfect. By using extensive examples through out their argument they are appealing to logical reasoning (logos). They use factual evidence such as the National Academy of Sciences convening an expert panel and tests conducted by psychologists Henry L. Roediger III and K Andrew Desoto to prove that there is a correlation between people’s personal confidence and false memory. Chabris and Simons do not pull random information out of the air. They use factual examples and quotes from important people to make their argument. They do not use overloaded jargon filled with emotional appeal to get their point across. They do, however, appeal to the readers by making themselves come across as competent, reliable, and crediblE. They end the article by making an apparent fair statement, by not only making the scientists and politicians accountable of false memory but everyone, including themselves accountable too “the rest of us aren’t off the hook”.


The end of the article is definitely I BELIEVE YOU! ethos because they push the fairness button. Stating that we should be more understanding and accepting that we make mistakes is only a way of delivering their message in a relatable manner instead of using condescending superiority towards their readers. Many of the comments I came across were emotionally charged (Pathos). Some commentators expressed disapproval of the Authors using George Bush as an example to their argument. Instead of focusing on the topic that memory fails us, they focused on their dissatisfaction of Bush’s presidency. That is all emotion taking over their ability to see two sides of the argument. However, there were some comments where they proved that there was validity in the argument by admitting to personal examples where their memory has failed them in the past. Many commentators reveal rationality which are the ones who are chosen by the NYT. The comments chosen by the readers are much more pathos than logos. I do think the The times is effectively ranking the comments because they prove strong and factual opinions from the readers themselves.


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