I’ve got a secret Assignment


The last time I withheld a pretty big secret was probably my senior year in high school. My best friend was going to ask this very lovely lady to our high school prom. She was a very close friend of mine and her perception was that she would be going to this big dance alone. But throughout the prior weeks I kept dropping subtle hints and giving her some indications that she was not going alone. Even through a barrage of questions I was able to hide this secret for weeks. Many of her friends came to me asking who this secret prom date was and some even thought it was going to be me. But throughout it all I kept it to myself. I protected my best friend this whole time from people spoiling the surprise he planned out. An example of a subtle hint I would drop was when she started looking at other guys and asking me opinions about them and I would say something along the lines of “you don’t need to look at these other guys, someone perfect will ask you.” Her reaction would always be a very confused one and the look on her face screamed that I knew something that she didn’t.

Due to my credibility of being my friends closest and best friend he trusted me with this information to keep just between me and him. This triggered Ethos. I used my credibility and our long standing friendship from grade school for him to have enough trust in me. With the girl I used a little bit of logos but mostly pathos. I triggered an emotional appeal by telling her that the right guy will ask her and everything will work out for her. I used a little logos to make her a little more anxious and make the surprise even better by just counting down the days till the week of when she would be asked to prom.

When the day finally came I helped set up the whole setting for my best friend and I too was very anxious to break the news to her and the whole class. When she walked in and saw my friend with a bouquet of flowers and a plethora of balloons and a sign asking her to prom and I saw the huge smile on her face which went ear to ear, the satisfaction I felt was amazing. Just seeing the happiness both of my friends exuberated NOT A WORD.  gave me a feeling of inner peace that I was able to keep a secret for my friend for weeks to lead up to probably a great and memorable day for both of there adolescent lives. Seeing the great time we all had at prom made keeping this secret and lying to our peers worth it. Lying is not always bad especially in this case where you are able to make people happy. Even though to this day I feel a little bad for putting this poor girl through a grueling few weeks of intense anxiety.

Media Blackout


In this day and age we live in having a 48 hour news media and more importantly a social media blackout is unheard of. But this past weekend on the days of Saturday and Sunday I gave it a try. I must say the first few hours of putting my phone in airplane mode and giving it to my mother was brutal. I am so used to repeatedly checking my phone every few minutes to see the news or to see my favorite sports team the Miami Heat tweet there updates or scroll through Instagram to see what my friends are up to, and all that was gone and it made me feel empty and anxious. I couldn’t even turn on the television to watch Sports-center or even the regular local news. There was a big feeling of loneliness and solidarity that I have never felt. Every time I tried sneaking a quick peek of my phone my mother and father would quickly remind me of what was at task. I was constantly reminded of how my parents grew up  without any access of these new technologies. With my new found free time I took up spending more time with my dog and actually started and finished reading the Catcher in the Rye my family and I also was engaging in more conversations and I even helped my mother cook dinner for those two days to pass the time. There was a feeling of fulfillment when I ended these two days of no media and no access to my phone. There was more time spent with my family and not upstairs in my room. But probably the toughest instance I encountered during these past few weeks was when I couldn’t watch the NBA all star game. To my delight the All-Star game was a complete disappointment and that made me feel a little better. But the biggest benefit I received from this assignment was the grade I received on my chemistry exam. With no access to any electronics or media outlets and my phone I buried myself in the books and without and distractions I was able to not only finish my studies quicker but I was able to retain more information and much more work done. All my homework was finished without using the internet well except this assignment, and I also found out that all the answers I had for my class were in my book and I didn’t need the internet to find out everything. It was absolutely amazing receiving an A for my chemistry exam knowing that the reason I wasn’t scoring that high was because of all the distractions i surrounded myself with. My parents and my family were so impressed by the change that I demonstrated and the self control I showed that every Sunday from now on in the Shirajee household no one will have access to there phones or any type of media whether it be the news, newspaper, or anything down those lines. This assignment really brought out a side of me that I never knew I had.


Rhetorical Analysis #1

THESIS STATEMENT: In the article “Why our memory fails us” Daniel J. Simmons and Christopher F. Chabris use logos to get there point across. All three rhetorical appeals are used but Logos is the main appeal because they use many facts, charts, and experiments to show us that our memory isn’t always telling the truth, and hence can drastically change over time.

Throughout this article all three rhetorical appeals are used. The main goal for this article “Why our memory fails us” is to show us that our memory isn’t always right and it tailors to the story we want to hear, and because of that the authors conclude that our recollection of memories are not reliable. Right of the bat Neil Degrasse Tyson who is an astrophysicist who is the last person you would think with have trouble recollecting his memory misquoted then President of the United States George W. Bush which made the president seem heavily prejudiced towards the Islamic faith. The authors agree that with scientific evidence backing up there claims they can all agree that memory does change over time, but the person themselves wouldn’t fact check there memory due to supreme confidence.

To start off, Logo’sSPELLING? was the most vibrantWRONG PHRASE and easy to spot rhetorical appeal in this article because these authors who wrote this article directly found scientific evidence from well-known psychologists like Andrew Desoto, and Henry L. Roediger to back up there claims through there evidence. The way the authors communicated the evidence was very easy to understand and made you fully understand  why memory deteriorates over time. Next the appeal of Ethos really stuck out to me because just by glancing at the page itself you see that it comes from a very reputable source which is the New York times, then as you glance down to the people who wrote this magnificent article you see that they are psychology professors which really make you believe what they are saying. The main goal here is to make the readers believe that whatever is said is valid because it comes from years of research and studying this specific topic. The last and probably the least used appeal is pathos. But if you look hard enough you could definitely see that these authors try to show us that even an astrophysicist such as Tyson can have biased memories which tells us that it can happen to anybody. The author even tells us how certain politicians like a Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush were also victims to faulty memory. It all builds up to an old saying that states all humans are susceptible to making mistakes and its something we can’t hide from. The main takeaway from pathos is that the mistakes that are made can be looked over if you can correct them.

The top three readers pick starts off with FIRST NAME Tyson. Tyson taps into all rhetorical appeals. Since he has a plethora amount off knowledge about the galaxies and heavens he can use logos, then he uses ethos because he was brought up in the article and lastly he fell into pathos because he acquired a lot of sympathy from the readers because the authors came down pretty hard on him calling him a liar and someone who fluffs up there story. Mr. Dow on the other hand attacks the authors assumption of President Bush being a very wise and knowledgeable person by providing direct quotes from the former president which just didn’t add up. The third comment was posted by Mr. Sommers, his comment is a pleasant blend WRONG PHRASE – YOU’RE NOT DISCUSSING COFFEE of relevancy and emotion. Mr. Sommers shows us that there are people with exceptional memories but people who do have faulty memories should not be penalized but much rather forgiven for there mistake and move on. Now when you compare them to the NYT comments you see a huge difference because the NYT comments are heavily relying reliant on logos and in turn starts new topics to talk about and branch out on, instead of dwelling on what the article was trying to show us.