Assignment 3 -48 hour news blackout :Dane W. -team 05

In my 48 hours of news disconnect, it became a struggle to avoid news from both my personal devices and others unaware of my challenge without headphones for most of the day. Sometimes, I found myself anxious to be informed about other people’s lives but relieved myself by playing more basketball and reading edifying material. I found that since I was not paying attention to the idling of others that I needed to reflect on myself and took the time to write down why and how should take the steps to improve my physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Deresiewicz noted, “ The last thing to say about solitude is that it isn’t very polite.” I indeed found this to be true because even though they were forewarned, a few of my family and friends still were upset that they could not contact me as my phone was either turned off, on Do Not Disturb, or logged out of all social media. My attempt to achieve temporary solitude was seen as inconsiderate by others requiring my attention, but being alone allowed me to evaluate myself, focusing on personal aspects which I can improve on to better daily interactions and interpersonal relationships .
I did experience instances where I became anxious to partake in news media before going to sleep, as I laid (past tense is lay) in bed desiring to receive the rap, sports, and fashion culture related news I usually receive from Instagram. I also encountered the obstacle of obtaining assignment related notifications because I needed to log out of my email accounts to prevent various news sources from informing me.
Missing out on actionable information, such as weather, caused me to be annoyed and upset because I had to endure wearing shorts in approximately 60 degree weather. In another instance, I lost out on a few business opportunities to resell sneakers because I was unaware of their predictions which I would get from Instagram.
Deresiewicz asserts, “Not long ago, it was easy to feel lonely. Now, it is impossible to be alone.” The widespread impact of news and the media has made Americans relatively unappreciative of access to differential news perspectives and relevant information that would never be dispersed in other areas of the world.News dispersement has so much importance because it provides us with the information necessary to preserve ,inspire , and diminish the motives of both current and future movements that will ultimately benefit our society.
News can create more solitude by granting individuals opportunities to internally focus on how given information impacts us and how we can use the information we are given to aid or suppress others and internalize behaviors and actions we should or should not repeat as a person, institution, or entity.
News can also intrude our solitude because it is being constantly presented to us even when we do not solicit. It is because of constant news dispersement that new opinions are formed and presented when we can be self reflecting or focusing on other tasks.

great writing, and I am glad you took such a rigorous approach to the assignment although it seemed to have a somewhat negative impact on your life temporarily. Your analysis of your experience with the reading and your conclusions about news media were very well done.


Dane Witter Assignment 2:Rhetorical Analysis (TEAM 05)

In his 1969 Playboy Interview, McLuhan emphasizes the concept of the medium is the message. In  using the critical perspective and emphasizing the medium is the message, McLuhan questions commonly held assumptions, expands the bounds of debate, and aims for the betterment of society. good thesis

McLuhan questions the commonly held assumption that when a message is transmitted that an understanding of its content is what is needed to be grasped. McLuhan opposes this by claiming the medium is the message. He expands on this by saying , “ our survival, and at the very least our comfort, and happiness is predicated on understanding the nature of our new environment, because unlike previous environmental changes, the electric media constitute a total and near-instantaneous transformation of culture, values and attitudes.” Thus, McLuhan warns his audience that the mediums of electronic media are rapidly changing our culture, unprecedentedly changing them so rapidly that humans cannot catch up with the newest forms of culture. In turn, in order to prevent stressing ourselves, we continue to use the media blindly understanding their messages, but maintaining ignorance of the ulterior motives of its mediums. great analysis

McLuhan expands on the bounds of debate by presenting that “all media are extensions of man that cause deep and lasting changes in him and transform his environment.”  For example, he explains “when human partake in the receival of media their central nervous system appears to institute a self-protective numbing of the affected area, insulating and anesthetizing it from conscious awareness of what’s happening to it.” Therefore, it is because of the makeup of our human psychology that humans become ignorant to the agendas being pushed by the sources of the media because of the hypnosis that it causes,even though they may understand the content of the media.In turn, we as mass consumers of media should take heed to McLuhan’s warning and be wary in consuming media because as we partake, pushed agendas will continue to affect us while many are  oblivious of the possible implications. well stated

McLuhan aims for the betterment of society when he addresses how the nature of the current educational system is not suited to educate the television generation. He asserts that, “the mosaic image of the TV screen generates a depth-involving nowness and simultaneity in the lives of children that makes them scorn the distant visualized goals of traditional education as unreal, irrelevant and puerile and too much to learn by the traditional analytic methods.” Thus, it is because television that students are shaped to require rapid and concurrent distribution of information which has made the current education system outdated as it cannot provide such . In turn, McLuhan calls for the betterment of society by means of changing the way we educate our youth because they need a system that  caters to their need of relevance of information and based on sound analysis rather than memorization and recall.

In summation, McLuhan successfully embodies the principles of critical perspective as he questions commonly held assumptions, expands the bounds of debate, and aims for the betterment of society while incorporating  that the medium is the message.

Excellent. You do not need to start your statements with “thus”.

Rhetorical Analysis: Assignment 1(Team 05)


Thesis: In The New York Times article “Why Our Memory Fails Us” by psychology professors Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons an appeal to emotion, credibility, and logic are each used to convey their argument concerning how faulty human memory is.

In “Why Our Memory Fails Us” Chabris and Simons utilize logos. They include the experiment noted by cognitive psychologists Henry L. Roediger III and K. Andrew DeSoto, which found that concerning memory recall that “for false memories, higher confidence was associated with lower accuracy.” Therefore, by utilizing data from experts in the field of psychology, they were able to convey to their readers that scientific data assures that strong conviction accompanies memory failures and we should be wary to what is remembered personally and presented from memory by others.

Chabris and Simons also employ ethos. For example, they present that of the two writing this article, “Daniel Simons served on the National Academy of Sciences’ expert panel which released a comprehensive report that recommended procedures to minimize the chances of false memory and mistaken identification.” Therefore, the readers of this article are made to trust that the findings and arguments presented in this article are fact rather than fiction and are scientifically rooted as one of the authors was distinctively chosen to be a part of a prestigious group that would only select the most qualified personnel.

Chabris and Simons use pathos. They state, “memory failures have led to false convictions and even death.” Thus, they cause their readers to be pitiful for people that have been negatively affected by false memories and convey to their readers to be mindful that our memories can fail us and be cautious when it pertains to memories.

Neil deGrasse Tyson deploys ethos as he presents his communication with others as a valued presence in the scientific community, and pathos as he implies that his audience should be understanding because he is human and makes mistakes and is incorrect at times. Thus, his readers are surer to believe that he will recall events and scientific findings as best as his memory remembers and although they may not be always correct, if he is presented with evidence of such he will not deny it but admit he is human, so it is possible.

Keith Dow utilizes logos by quoting and presenting a page on that contains many quotes in which former President Bush made unintelligent statements. Dow’s claim that Simons and Chambris remembering Bush as an intelligent person like “Dr. Tyson, and Mrs. Clinton is faulty”, implies that Bush is unintelligent and his presentation of factual quotes, which show Bush has made grammatically incorrect, wrong quotations, and ignorant remarks shows his readers that Bush may be indeed unintelligent.

Jacob Summer uses logos as he emphasizes not all people have a highly superior autobiographical memory as Marilu Henner. By including the scientific fact that very few such as Henner, have stellar memories, he pleads with his readers to be understanding of those who have minor memory failures rather than insensitive.

 I believe the Times approach to ranking comments is effective as both an ordinary person or expert can be highly ranked . I believe the comments lack balanced perspectives of the issue and are directly biased. great analysis!