Rhetorical Analysis Reflection
For my rhetorical analysis I decided to analysis the speech Obama gave during his final state of the union address. The main problem was that he failed to mention the the 10 American soldiers that were captured by Israel forces after “floating” into their territory. I was watching CNN right before the speech, that is how I learned about the captures. I was expecting Obama start his speech with a worried tone, maybe even optimistic. Obama instead started off with a joke in a speech. Right then and there I knew he wasn’t going to mention the problem, and I knew he was going to get a lot of negative comments about this, in which I mentioned in my paper. Overall, I think I covered the issue and analysis pretty well. The only issue I had was that because there was no specific answer and Obama did not address the question, I did not have a lot of information to cover. I felt like maybe because it wasn’t a largely publicized issue I lacked in length. Maybe he will address it in his own biography he publishes in 2 years. Till then I am curious about why.
Feel good words are good for our inspiration boards, but bad for for advertisers. That is how they get us. For example, here is an ad in which has a lady looking flawless while she changes her baby’s diaper.
When I see the ad I see how she is multitasking. I see my self as a successful multitasker, so I think whoa this ad is for someone like me. I can do all these things while looking flawless. If I had the money I would buy from that brand, but I do not nor want to. Feel good words make us a target in advertising.
Chapter 18 Quote Explication
“If an opponent uses an idiom or cliché … you can win the heart of an intelligent audience by giving the expression a twist” (206)
Here Heinrichs talks about a twist, a cliché twist which means when one concedes your opponents cliché and then messes it up deliberately. The following example will show how:
Ex. Opponent: Let’s not pour the baby out with the bathwater.
You: No lets just pull the plug.
This example helped me better understand the concept. The response agrees and contradicts the opponent at the same time. Heinrichs describes different tools to do this.
You can use:
Metonymy: using a characteristic to describe the whole
Synecdoche: Swapping one thing for a collection
Surprise Ending: paraprosdokian
Chapter 23 Quote Explication
“The ancients had a name for it: Kairos” (261)
Heinrich here talks about one of the most important aspects of rhetoric, kairos. Kairos is the rhetorical ability to seize the persuasive moment. One should know the circumstances when trying to convince someone. For example, when I wanted to have a birthday surprise for my boyfriend I made sure to make him think we were going to a fancy dinner, not that his family and I planned a surprise birthday party. I had to use my rhetoric magic when his family messaged me they needed 30 minutes more (we were just about to leave). I could have simply said I needed something from the store or to lay down and watch a movie. Instead, I did what he knew would happen. I changed my outfit for about 18 times. I wasn’t liking this dress or the other one. I made him think nothing was up because I made sure to seize the occasion. This was my moment spotter (uncertain moods and beliefs –when minds are already beginning to change –signal a persuadable moment.) When you think of kairos think of SEIZE THE OCCASION, and if you do, you will win the conversation.
Chapter 25 Quote Explication
“Division can actually help …” (285)
Division can actually help. I and other would think that if you are trying to persuade someone and they start dividing on the issue, it means you are doing bad. On the contrary, Heinrichs writes that it can help your ethos if you use reluctant conclusion. Reluctant conclusion which means, “when the audience seems against you, pretend that you came to your decision reluctantly.” For example, if I am arguing with someone about how I think there should be an immigration reform, I wont stay on the fact that immigrants just want a better life, instead I should go broad with, humans have the right to better their lives no matter where they are, right? Now it is broad and if one goes against my statement, they will look bad in a debate.
Persuasive Talk/ Essay Invention
The invention of the essay was pretty interesting. I say this because obviously I am against the “wall”, so I figured it would be easy to support my ideas. Now my ideas may conflict with reality and statistics. For example, I personally think that having DACA and DAPA (temporary immigration reforms) would be beneficial not only to the immigrants, but to Americans because they would create for jobs to help process the thousands of files. To my surprise, it would not be beneficial to the job industry, well not as much as I would have thought. The essay put my and Sarafina’s opinions to the test, did we have information to back them up or were they just what we thought? It was much harder to try to justify and create the counterargument because while typing it I was just rejecting their ideas.
As for the talk, I think it is easily persuadable. The truth is the “wall” is not doable not only because it would wrong, but because it is too expensive as well.
Observe Persuasive Attempt
Oooo. Once I say the PowerPoint that talked about how the free education system Bernie Sanders proposed I wanted to grab some popcorn. See, the issue with such topics is that, it can be tricky. There are some good points against, honestly. But according to the world, if you disagree with Bernie, you might as well be related to Donald Trump. Now, yes I was active in the persuasive attempt done by the duo, but I am not totally against them. Their arguments were flawed. I could easily find points that I can question, and if you are trying to persuade me I need to be speechless and defenseless. When talking about a topic that causes so much debate one should have all counterarguments thought out, because if not you look like you do not know what you are talking about. Obviously, this was a class project so she didn’t have to know everything. But if she would have, she would have probably been successful with her persuasion, not because she would change people’s mind but because she would question their opinions.
Advertising: Is it manipulation? CHOICE
Talking about persuasion I can not forget to think about ads. In all reality ads are made to help you make a choice, or to manipulate you? It seems like everyone has different opinions, my boyfriend thinks it is manipulation, but my marketing professor says it’s a way helping the customer make a choice. I do remember learning about subliminal messages. My marketing professor talked about how there are no such things as subliminal messages. Google defines subliminal as, “below the threshold of sensation or consciousness.” So if something is below the conscious can it still manipulate us? I believe not. If you do not know something is there, it has no affect on you. I could be wrong; I want to work in advertising so maybe my opinion is flawed. Regardless, I can never stop thinking if I am an unethical person because I enjoy the art of advertising. Is there anything wrong with being good at persuasion? I will never know. Because according to society with you can persuade really well, you are manipulative.
Things I learned about Donald Trump and his immigration stance: A list of what he thinks (by what he thinks I mean what his Public Relations managers told him he should believe in) CHOICE
- Trump’s immigration policy revolves around three basic principles of a nation without borders is not a nation, a nation without laws is not a nation, and a nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation.
- Plan includes impounding all remittance payments derived from illegal wages, increasing fees not only on temporary visas issued to Mexican CEO’s and diplomats, but also on all border crossing cards, on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico, and at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico.
- He claims that he wants everyone to come in legally to the United States. Maybe he would be the only person to actually implement an immigration reform, which is what his plan basically is, he just doesn’t use that wording.
This is all specific information I learned from Trump, finally something more intellectual than “my hands are not small.” Still I think he did not come up with this.
Opinion On the Book CHOICE
Overall, one of the things I believe is essential to a student in a class is the strength of the book used in class. I personally enjoyed the book, I think it terms of vocabulary it was very strong and it used examples that we can encounter in our daily lives. I even bought the book instead of renting it! I think it is easy to say that this is definitely one of my favorite textbook from a class. At some times I felt it was a bit childish with its examples, but overall I enjoyed it. Although, sometimes it would over explain something. It would cover a topic in one chapter and then in 7 chapters later bring it up again as if it was something new. That I did not like.