Assignment Blog #1

Thesis: Explain the use of ethos, pathos and logos in the article, and present an argument and give examples why they’re in that particular rhetorical triangle. THIS ISN’T A THESIS. YOU MUST MAKE AN ARGUMENT.


The presence of logos is clearly in the article. Just by reading the article and understanding the author’s purpose, two things are used, to inform and to explain. In addition, the tone as authors is clear,THAT’S NOT THE DEFINITION OF TONE in which they stimulated with facts, case studies and research. Some examples show logos in the article, such as the quotes from both George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. The author’s description in the article is describing how falsely Dr. Tyson misquoted President Bush, and it was due to the fact that Dr. Tyson was “…fooled by his faith in the accuracy of his own memory.”  This is also an understanding of pathos (emotions). It shows an emotional stance from Dr. Tayson of being greed or being insulted due to the comment from President Bush, with his memory fooling him due to his faith. This was mostly from a reaction of personal emotional stance. In addition, both authors gave an example of how even itself can purposely say a false memory, like Hillary R. Clinton’s trip to Bosnia as First Lady. “Our memories tend to morph to match our beliefs about ourselves and our world.,” said FIRST NAMES? Chabris and Simmons; hence, explaining how one itself can mislead with their own memory. These two reasons explain how the article portrays logos, and it’s no hint that the article is can be based on facts and studies.HUH? CAN YOU REREAD THIS SENTENCE AND TELL ME IF IT MAKES SENSE? Continually, ethos can be viewed in the middle of the article. Asking where did Dr. Tayson got his source, he commented, “I have explicit memory of those words being spoken by the president. I reacted on the spot, making note for possible later reference in my public discourse…” This quote reveals ethos in the article as Dr. Tayson is basically saying to have trust in him due to his explicit memory. It informs the readers the fact that even the professionals can get a false misquoting. One of the top 3 comments of the readers, one of them in particular, used his point as reliable sources of President Bush’s intelligence or past quotes, which can be convincing. Others commented as personal reasons such as, “…I don’t remember every event of every day, and this is probably for the best.” And the last comment from the readers was simply demonstrating, We are human and fallible, as well as manipulatable.” In other words, we say things a manipulated way due greed or being insulted (like Dr. Tayson’s situation). Comparing to the NYT comments with the readers, you clearly see something similar. One of the comments wrote that, “Even more frightening is the fact that if we do not remember something, we vehemently deny it ever happened.” This similar to the comment of the reader, but in a different approach. With this, I believeNEVER USE THIS PHRASE that NYT picks did, in fact, approach in the ranking comments. What is necessary? Yes. The approach NYT gave to the readers was to inform if they agree with their picks of best comments. Overall, their approach was more of a way of communicating their opinions if they agree with the author’s point of view from the article.


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