Rhetorical Analysis 1

Thesis: Christopher and Daniel presented a story in which it was presented under a logos writing style, to persuade the audience with their ideology about memory.

After reading through the article and analyzing the speech used within the story, I concluded that humans do not have the best memory especially when it comes to recalling information. It may change dependent upon a situation that may be emotionally striking as good or bad. The author of the article had a logos writing style, bringing up many facts concerning the presidents miss-recall of events along with the doctor in the article as well.

The writers did a great job [Analyze the writing rather than express personal opinion.] at getting their point across to the audience using different examples of key important individuals whose lives are documented because for the most part, they were public figures. The Writers begin [Analyze rather than summarize. How do the authors use the rhetorical triangle to convince the reader and how do they support their arguments?] by illustrating how President Bush could not recall facts when he spoke about a 9/11 and the terrorist attacks, to get the reader’s attention using a tragedy to get people hooked on reading the rest of the article. He then moves forward with the main point he wanted to push across, except he is using different examples with important public figures to maintain the validity of the research he provided. They wrote about how the mind is not be completely trusted with the recall of a memory because it may not be entirely true, or can be recalled with different information because not everyone remembers the information the same way. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] I believe the authors relied more heavily on the facts presented to persuade the audience than an emotional appeal. Perhaps at the end of the article they used less facts, and more self-opinion and reflection about the subject matter, but for the most part the article was fact driven with an educational tone, to educate the general-public about this subject matter. [Relate to rhetorical triangle.] 

The comments on the article chosen by the readers prove to be of educational and moral value. They provide a substantial argument in protecting people whether they made small mistake with a memory or if people remembered something incorrectly because of the emotional background behind the memory. Neil DeGrasse Tyson provided links to see what matters he spoke about in a more detailed separate page. Finally, another top comment was just for humor to laugh at the things Bush has said in the past. [How do the commenters use the rhetorical triangle to make their points?] 

Comparing the reader top choices with the NYT top choice comments proved to be a lot more serious than those that the reader chose. The New York Times selected comments that reflected the true opinions of readers and how they felt about the subject at hand. People were either genuinely concerned for the memory issue or saw it as a learning opportunity to teach the community how to handle the memory issue we face as a human race. I believe the way the NYT chooses comments is based off the community feeling and genuine response to the subject, rather than the way the readers would be chosen as top comments. It is based solely on how the response was whether it be serious, funny or relevant to the topic.


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