Rhetorical analysis of “Why Our Memory Fails Us”

As I read, “Why our Memory Fails Us” I came into conclusion that Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel J. Simons emphasize their opinion using reason and logic [redundant] to persuade the reader to agree with the author’s point of view. I believe the authors used logos as the tone of the article. Chabris and Simons satate [SP] in their opinion article from the “New York Times” facts, case studies, and experiments to support their message [use of logos]. In their article, they publish information that astrophysicist, Neil Degrasse Tyson was declaring incorrect facts about former president George W. Bush speech to Congress after 9/11 over his false memory to make theirs argument about how our memory works.

[Analyze rather than summarize. How do the authors use the rhetorical triangle to convince the reader and how do they support their arguments?] Chabris and Simons argue in the article how our memory is challenged. Being overconfident can affect our memory when the events are more relevant we tend to remember them more easily. However, our memories can also become mixed-up. We might remember what happened but we might not remember the exact details of how or when the occurrence happened. This is what studies call “flashbulb memories”. As a result, Dr. Tyson admitted his error. Tyson was mistaken with his own memory and experiences and he apologized to the public.

I believe the top three comments that were found most convincing by other readers used ethical and pathos techniques to make their points effectively. The first person that comment writes in a pathos tone he/she starts by writing from his/her feelings how he/she feels about after reading the article “Why our Memory Fails Us”, whereas the second and third commenter speaks in an ethical tone. They were persuaded after reading the article and they gave examples of how one may relate to these kinds of memory issues [use of pathos: we feel an emotional connection because we did the same thing].

[How do the commenters use the rhetorical triangle to make their points?] Reading the readers choice and the NYT Picks, I understand that every one of the individuals who commented on this article has their own opinion. Most of the reader’s choice were supporting president Bush and agreeing with the article study that as human being sometimes our memory fails us and we do not remember every detail of a previous event in our life. In comparison to the NYT Picks comments, some people disagreed and agreed with Chabris and Simons’s statement. Some of the comments gave feedback of how the information is applied to our everyday life but others stated that we should be more educated and not fall for mental laziness.

In my opinion, I believe that the New York Times approach to ranking comments is effective, because it lets the company know what others thoughts and ideas about the article were.



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