Putting It All Together: Logos, Ethos, Pathos
Drawing on your class and reading notes, analyze and evaluate the use of Aristotle’s three rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, pathos) in one or more of the “TED Talks” found at the link below.
A TED Talk is a short speech or presentation given at one of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences around the world; many TED Talks are available as web videos. Most TED Talks are 15-25 minutes long, but the talks on the page linked to below are in the 3-6 minute time range.
Link: TED in 3 Minutes
Some of the TED Talks will work better than others for this assignment. Here are four to consider:
· Nilofer Merchant: “Got a meeting? Take a walk”
· Damon Horowitz: “Philosophy in prison”
· Matt Cutts: “Try something new for 30 days”
· Richard St. John: “Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes”
Begin your CTA by introducing the speaker and subject of the talk, and then analyze and evaluate the speaker’s use of logos, ethos and pathos. In doing so, convey your understanding of those three concepts, and how they work together. Consider not only what the speaker says, but how he or she says it, and also any media or other aids that are used. Overall, what is your judgement of the talk? Did you enjoy it? Did you find it convincing? Did you learn from it? Would you like to hear more from this speaker?
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