Why Our Memory Fails Us

[State thesis in first sentence.] The authors Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel J. Simons wrote an article called, “Why Our Memory Fails Us.” This article goes in depth on how memory has failed people, they build their case by using examples of Dr. Tyson who is a host of the TV series “Cosmos.” [Analyze rather than summarize. How do the authors use the rhetorical triangle to convince the reader and how do they support their arguments?] In the article, we see Dr. Tyson making faulty reports on George W. Bush claiming he saw him in person saying a prejudicial remark about Islam in his speech to Congress the day after 9/11, it was later proven that George Bush actually never commented those words that day. So why did Dr. Tyson fabricate his story could it be he did it on purpose for viewership or he really thought he heard George Bush say what he thought he heard. It’s interesting how our biases can blind us from the truth and how lack of understanding of our own memories can lead to misattribute certain things. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] This article I felt was using logos, because the authors rely more heavily on facts and studies when describing their argument. [Analyze rather than summarize.] We saw this when, George Bush had misremembered what he had seen on 9/11 by recalling what he had thought of seeing that day which was watching the first plane hitting the north tower of WTC before getting into the classroom in Florida. He was told by one of his White House Chief of Staff that a plane has hit one of the twin towers, he could have not seen it live – since there was no live footage of the plane hitting the North tower that day. Mr. Bush had mixed information that he obtained with the traces left by his actual experience that day to produce a new version of events, just as Dr. Tyson did in his speech. The tone in this article was very solemn and to the point [Relate to rhetorical triangle.] . They explained it in a way where the issue that was given was easily understood and engaging to read.


The top three comments on Readers Picks were found to be the best by the readers, because they each differently gave their own persuasive outlooks to the article. The first comment was a Facebook post from Sean Davis who asked questions about Mr. Tyson, second comment was written by Keith Dow who wrote a series of quotes claiming how Bush was actually unintelligent. The last comment was written by Jacob Sommer and personally was my favorite out of the three [Analyze rather than express personal opinion.], he commented saying how only a few people have amazing memory and should not be represented as the majority because not everybody has the capability to remember every event from their day. [Analyze rather than summarize.] He goes on saying, people make honest mistakes and should not be accountable for it, instead we must try to learn to forgive and they must learn from their faults. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] Each of these comments used a different way to effectively point their views in the article by using the Rhetorical Triangle, I felt the first comment used ethos because the author was using credible statements so he can get an answer to his questions, [period mark] the second comment was using logos because it had actual facts with quotes from Mr. Bush and lastly the third comment was using pathos because he believed in fairness to those who made mistakes in their memories. [Separate topic sentences with paragraphs.] The top three comments from the NYT picks was in my opinion not similar at all to the Readers picks in the way it was written because they instead wrote why they agree and disagree with the article instead of only using quotes and questions to deliver their answer. The Times approach to ranking comments is very much effective because it gives the readers a chance to give their own opinion to a comment that they feel corresponds to them.







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