Erin Keenan

Erin, in the future please put your name and team # on top of all your posts! See below for comments.

The three types of rhetoric are ethos, logos, and pathos. These three forms of rhetoric help writers and speakers influence and initially persuade an audience with a certain message. In the readings this week, the authors use rhetoric to benefit their message and some lacked in some areas. In the article, “Why Our Memory Fails Us” by authors, Chabris and Simons mostly uses logos in order to get the message across, along however he also employs some use with an the aid  of pathos.

Chabris and Simons’ message in “Why Our Memory Fails” was that our memory is usually conflicted with our own experiences and tends to become biased towards our specific moment of thought. In order to reach this idea to people, the authors cited events that have happened throughout history to back up their argument. Explaining these events is the use of logos. Logically, the examples involve well-know (hyphen please!)  examples and people. Specifically, the authors use stories and examples with of President Bush and the 9/11 attack, and also with of Hillary Clinton and her 2008 presidential campaign. One of the most interesting supporting details was found by Daniel Greenberg. His evidence stated that Bush stated he saw the first plane crash into the north tower on 9/11 before going into a classroom in Florida. When people first heard or read this information from the article in sparks logical reasoning in our minds. This is where the conspiracy theories started and assumed Bush was apart? (wrong use of word I think?)of the 9/11 attack. Going back to the argument, people always believe their memories are correct, in this instance Bush may have been experiencing the same thing but the circumstances and events taking place took over. In this same article, the use of pathos is shown throughout the writing and storytelling. With the choice of people chosen to back up the message in this article it sparks a certain feeling. in someone. The reader is instantly in favor for or against Bush. In some of the comments, people reacted with higher emotions and some with lower emotions. Some people reacted in a way that seemed as if they were happy the author was pointing out Bush’s mistake. However, numerous people reacted as if this was a mistake and supported the idea that our memory will in fact fail us from time to time regardless of the situation or person. (good point!)

In the comment section a similarity of very abusive and critical comments are found first. These comments point out the “problems” Bush and Hillary made throughout history. The lower (I would use a different word that lower, perhaps ‘base’ (look it up!) emotion comments definitely show their opinions of the author’s word choices and examples. However, the New York Times picks are highly critical but have the mindset and argument of the authors. There Their? points of views are elaborated. In the view of the fact, the positions stated by these commenters, the use of ethos shows through the arguments each individual is trying to make. This article was interesting because it use the rhetorical triangle in different ways. Depending your view or influence on the argument, you can identify the rhetoric the author’s used to portray the argument of memory failure. (rather well-written Erin!) (good use of interpretative analysis, overall good job, but do watch your sentence structure and I am certain you will improve greatly)(remember, be succinct and concise, remove unnecessary words)