Rhetorical Analysis

The article clearly states that our very own hubris in recollecting memories stands in the way of relaying the actual events that occurred. In “Why Our Memory Fails Us” by Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel J. Simons, we grasp the fact that we need to be accepting of our shortcoming with our memory. We don’t possess the ability to precisely remember every detail on of past incidents. Chabris and Simons support this explanation by providing logical support from psychologists and scientist who specifically work on this subject. The framework of the article is very straightforward and concise with a formal tone. The writers aren’t on a mission to be dismissive with our natural inkling to be curt concerning with being confronted with our memories with the studies provided to emphasize their point. The writers opened the article with an anecdote involving the former President George W. Bush’s quotes in a speech and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson and how memory can fail by our sheer unwillingness to admit to our flaws. This piece is intended to inform the audience that whenever were challenged by a recollection of our memories that we gloss by the actual events and emotionally and unintentionally forget certain details that can be instrumental. Both writers include cases in which there’s critical concern for this issue. Especially for the court system where one’s memory can heavily altered the lives of others. There’s also evidence to support this claim throughout the article. Our memories can morph even if it’s recent. Our deep connection to certain memories can take effect and blurred the lines.  Chabris and Simon provide content that be easily accessible for those who want to learn more about the ins and outs about memory and its effects. The commentary on this piece seems to be chaotic to say the least.

Comments were mainly targeted on certain subjects or details instead of the whole premise of the article. Many mocked President Bush and even the scientists featured in the article with such ease. They also rejected the research findings as if they were experts in this field. But on the upside, there were comments commending the article for being resourceful and insightful. I honestly wasn’t surprised by the lack of any analysis or breakdown of the article. Commenters rarely provide any insight on the subject matter being discussed. It’s becoming to be a hot trend for “pseudo journalists” to provide their two cents without including actual support and people fall for this and bask in it. One gets the sense from scrolling through the comment section that anyone with a mobile device at their fingertips has an opinion whether it’s needed or not. No one is ever scrutinized or punished by their use of language concerning the topic at hand. There’s a clear distinction between those who desperately want to be seen and those who want to gain more insight. Its quite telling at which direction in which the media is heading to in the future. Basically, anyone can be a journalist without a prior education.

Very good writing style, good points, well-done!









  GROUP #14



In the article “The End of Solitude”, Deresiewicz was able to provide the disconnection we have created with the need to be present on online but not within ourselves.
After fully immersing myself from the 48-hour blackout, I learned that I am exactly everything that Deresiewicz described in his article. Fear of missing out was a constant that I couldn’t bring myself to eliminate. Technology has made strides for all of us but has also caused us to lose touch of reality. We live in a society where we make ordinary people with no talent or anything substantial to offer into full-blown celebrities with a huge following, just because a video of theirs goes viral. We’re completely connected with the web but not with each other. We truly lost the ability to nourish and foster relationships without a technology device present. No one seems to take the time to even embrace their own solitude. God forbid were alone with our own thoughts. Deresiewicz points out that were afraid of being left out. Doing any activity alone seems frightening to many. The word “ISOLATION” itself has morphed into having a negative connotation. Technology may have made it much simpler for us to connect but it took away the essence of true connection.
Throughout my “blackout” experience I must admit that it was a challenge to not check out what everyone is doing or see what’s going on in the world. The lack of news was difficult to adjust. The news plays a huge part in our lives. It’s true that were bombarded by it on 24-hour cycle, but we need to be aware of what’s occurring in the country in its present state. We do take it for granted because we don’t take it seriously as we should. There’s a need for news and to use it correctly. We’re quick to post disparaging comments berating articles just for likes without even taking the time to read or even understand its content. We constantly seeking validation from complete strangers by retweets and likes.
I must admit that there was a sense of isolation that I forced myself to embrace during this time. My focus and concentration in class was in high alert. I also chose to get back into fitness which I put off for a while now, because it seems like distraction plays a pivotal role in my life these days. Conversations with my friends were much more engaging since no one was on their phones. Isolation doesn’t have to be a negative experience. It should be time where you can able to shut off the outside world and reflect on yourself. It won’t be an easy feat to achieve because it would mean that we would have the capability to forgo the Internet and enjoying our very own company. In a world where information is at such a high velocity and everything is on the go, solitude may seem to be an illusion if we don’t grasp it wholeheartedly.

Humfredo Bonilla


Good job, skip a space between paragraphs. Good attention to content.


Secrets- #14

Everyone has secrets, it’s human nature to have a level of privacy within yourself that you don’t necessarily feel the need to reveal to everyone else.


Growing up I have shared and received innocent secrets here and there through childhood friends. This type of intimacy helped strengthen bonds I had with my friends. It was a sense of relief to be able to freely share secrets with a close confidante who wouldn’t expose the first opportunity that they can. We’ve learn to be conditioned to share every bit of information we received about others. It’s an inevitability that all secrets must come to light. They may destroy close relationships or bring upon changes that are needed to rectify any deep-rooted issues that are lingering about.

One such incident that has left an impact to me to this day is when a family member of mine with a family wanted to transition into a woman. I was very close with my cousin, we grew up together even though he was a few years older than me. We always had a close bond and connect on a personal level. He was star athlete with plans to run track in college. He has always been a caring person, always putting others needs before his very own. It was not a shock that he got married and is a father of two young kids. Until one night I invited him over to grab some drinks and catch up. We don’t see each other very often since he’s a family man now and I’m in college. He decided after some liquid courage to reveal to me that he wanted to transition and become a woman. He explained to me that he was always felt he was in the wrong body and wanted to finally become who he was meant to be. He always started that he started taking hormones and was starting his journey. I was in complete shock and didn’t know to react to this news. I never been aware or knew anyone who was a transgender so this is was completely new for me. He told me to keep this between us for now before he can tell his wife. I learned to accept my cousin and accompanied him to the doctor visits and staying quiet about the whole ordeal. I had to lie and distract anyone who seemed suspicious about what was going on. My cousin is currently taking the steps to transition so no one is aware even his own family.

It’s been challenging for me to hold this secret for so long. I feel a sense of guilt because his wife is oblivious to the whole situation. I worry that she won’t accept this and take his kids away. I don’t want a family destroyed by this. I know that this will cause a huge shift in the family dynamics because of the intense religious background I come from. Secrets will eventually be exposed and we must learn to accept any repercussions.


Well-written, good job!



Individual Assessment 4 Mariana Vetencourt Team 25

As humans we can all admit we have trusted someone with a secret and regretted it. Or you’ve been grateful to have trusted that person with this small part of you. Taking the burden of carrying this secret alone, as you know have someone to confide with. Yet sometimes taking that burden off yourself and putting it onto others harms them.

Recently I was trusted with a secret, a secret I would have to hide with a lie. This empowered the person that told me such secret as they know had a partner in crime. If someone asked them over the veracity of their actions I was there to lie to keep the secret hidden.

While others asked around why the person was not there I felt nervous. Nervous because if I were to say the wrong lie or give too much information the secret would be out. And the person who trusted me with this secret would know I was the one who failed to keep it safe.

Saturday came, and it was the moment of truth. Would this secret hold itself together and not put me in a position where I would have to lie? Sadly, it did. I had to lie to people close to me to keep this secret safe. Even when the secret and the lies were unjustified as it came from a place of convenience and lack of commitment. The more people asked the more nervous I felt and the more carefree my friend became. She knew I would vouch for her and nobody would doubt me or her.

Deep inside I knew this should not be taken as a big deal. This secret was not an atrocity to keep or came from actions that would endanger others or my friend. Yet openly lying to others felt morally wrong. These people trusted my words and did not doubt me as I lied to their faces.

As college students we generally become more open to others and with the same degree more trusting. We are now surrounded by new people we had never seen or met before and were expected to trust them. The first moment you step into your dorm you agree to trust and live with a complete group of strangers. And we accept that feeling we welcome new people into our lives and we believe and trust what they say and vice versa.

Lying to the new people in your life feels wrong as you’re creating this false image of your life and yourself. This also creates a sense of doubt, is that person lying to me also? This to me is the most controversial issue when it comes to keeping secrets and covering them with lies. Breaking others trust unknowingly as they believe what I say when I know I’m lying to preserve others. Will that person I’m covering see my lying as a flaw? Or will they see it as an act of loyalty from my part? Very well done well written with a strong grasp on concepts from class readings and lecture

I’ve got a secret- Camila Osorio Team 25

During my junior year in high school, one of best friends secretly confided in me that she was struggling with an eating disorder. Her secret become one of the hardest moments in my life, because I knew these types of secrets are the one that should no be kept a secret. She begged me not to tell anyone and promised her I wouldn’t, but her secret kept me up at night.

In such serious matter she felt that she could trust me and I did not want her to feel that her secret was safe with me. However, it was consuming me because I know this was a situation where she could not get out of it alone.

Regarding the lecture, I have to disagree that the secret it self to be a lie. However, I do have to agree that in order for me to kept her secret from everyone else, there were times when lying was inevitable.

As time goes by, my friend just kept getting worse. I started to notice drastic changes in both her emotional and physical appearance. At one point I even confronter her, because it was a secret I could no kept anymore. It felt that I was the one hurting her more than she was hurting herself.

Sometimes her confidentiality did come with an emotional burden. It was hard for me to see my best friend struggle with her apperance. I knew she wanted help, but she was too afraid to ask.

While keeping my best friends secret, as I felt sense of loyalty, I was also felt a sense of guilt and anguish. I felt loyal to her, because I knew how difficult it was for her and her telling made it a little easier. Yet, keeping her secret was not making her any better and at some point made me questions my morals. I was the only person that knew, I was the only chance for her to get help she needed.

I kept my best friends secret for a long time, but I got to the point where I knew I had to choose her life over her loyalty. After months of staying quiet, I finally broke the silence and talked to her mom. As imagined my best friend, felt betrayed and disappointed by me. However, in my guilt, I felt a sense of relieve.

When she finally got treatment for disorder, it was actually worst than the two of us had imagined and my guilt grew stronger. I learned that no matter how much I try, there are some secrets that should never be kept.

By helping her hide her secrets, I was unintentionally hurting her and being an accomplice to her disorder. She was upset for me for a while and I was hurt, I wanted her to understand I only did it because I care.

During her recuperation, she finally reached out to me and actually thanked me. At the end, the secret only made us wiser and our friendship grew stronger. Nice work including details from class concepts and lecture and sharing your story in an organized mannter.

I’ve got a secret…

Alix Carrillo – 6056498 – Team 25

Over the course of five months, I had to look a person in the eye and pretend I didn’t know what was happening in their life. Every time I saw this person I’d have to pretend I didn’t know what exactly was happening in her life behind closed doors. I knew she was secretly in pain and there was nothing I could do about it. It has been one of the hardest situation I have been put through in life, especially since I am very close to both sides of the situation. It wasn’t so much the secret that was eating me alive, but the simple thought that if I came clean it would help her life.

Having to keep this secret buried away made me develop anxiety attacks and I would constantly lay awake at night telling myself I was doing the right thing in keeping this to myself. When I found out about the situation, I remember feeling angry at first and then a wave of disappointment crashed over me. Although this person trusted me enough to tell me her secret, I’d wish I’d never had anything to do with it in the first place. But I knew, as bad as things were, she trusted me, and this secret was not mine to tell. I knew she just time, time to figure out what she wanted to do and how she wanted to deal with the situation. I just had to support her and keep her secret with me.

After what felt like an eternity of keeping this secret tucked away, she finally felt strong enough to confront her demons and talk about what happened to her outloud. I didn’t think I would be able to keep her secret in for so long. I didn’t trust myself around people and felt like I was betraying their trust whenever we were all in the same room together.  Having to keep her secret made me feel like I was drowning underwater, but the day her secret came out, it felt like I could finally swim up to the surface again.

It was hard to keep for this secret especially since it involved me lying something. People would ask me and I’d have to make up excuses for her behavior. As I learned in Professor Blevens’ lecture, lies are used to guard secrets and secrecy nurtures growth of lies.  She was good at that, she was good at hiding stuff, so people who didn’t know her didn’t know there was something wrong with her. I knew I hurt people when the truth was finally revealed, the hurt in their eyes still makes me feel sick to my stomach knowing I knew about it for so long and didn’t do anything about it. Keeping this secret made our friendship stronger. Knowing a person can trust me with such a powerful thing that impacted their life is not something I take lightly. But it’s not something I want to be put through again. great job

I’ve got a secret

Valeska Caroli team #24

Secrecy, lying and confidentially have a significant relationship which we apply every time that we have to keep a secret or to protect someone from the public.

Last year, I was in a horrible situation where I did not know what to do since it was a grave secret. My best friend and I have been confidants of our secrets since we were little, but she was in a delicate situation where she needed professional help since she was pregnant and keeping that secret from everyone was hard.

However, as Professor Blevens said in the lecture “Privacy is important because it promotes our own autonomy and protects ourselves.” In my best friend’s case, the reason of keeping the secret was to protect her reputation and identity since she was still a high school student and her family and friends would not support her because of that.

On the other hand, it was difficult for me to keep that secret because I had to lie every time she had to go to the doctor without anyone knowing, just me. This experience empowered me in the relationship because I was the only one knowing the big secret and I could damage her reputation as well as do her a favor by telling to her parents the truth so they could help and support her with the pregnancy.

As in every secret that we keep, there are always people who want to know or who heard gossip from the person’s secret. As the lecture say, outsiders are the people who have the desire to know and wants to have particular kind of power in the situation. However, there were students from the school who were trying to penetrate the secret which it made me feel bad because I was lying. For example, everyone in the school was asking me things like “Why your friend is crying all day? or Why is she acting weird?”. However, at the same time, I felt loyal because secrecy is very sacred and not everyone has the pleasure of knowing and keeping a secret.

As an insider person, I felt superior over everyone else and longing the enjoyment of knowing. I love to hide secrets and sometimes lie for a good reason that at the end will be worth it. But, I knew that it will be difficult to protect that secret from my mom since she loves my best friend as another daughter and she has always known our secrets. My friend made me promise that the secret would remain between us two, so even though I wanted to tell my mom, I could not because I set my complete loyalty to her.

Secrecy plays an essential role in our life, and they could be very dangerous, but they help us to keep things in private that we as humans have. Maintaining confidentiality make us stronger and wiser in the situation that we have to pass as confidants. Very good job applying points from lecture and readings to your story.