Marketa S Marshall Unit 1 Individual Project AIU Online – PRES 111 Professor C. Embry Presentation Essentials Before I begin with the videos I chose for this assignment I will first define the rhetorical triangle and the parts of it. The rhetorical triangle refers to the relationship of the three forms of Aristotelian rhetoric-Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. A speaker who aims to attain perfection in his speech must strive to use all three forms of rhetoric. Similarly Ethos, Pathos and Logos form the basic components of all kinds of writing.
It is important to learn and recognize the use of these three elements not only in our own writing but also in others writings. It is by the use of Ethos, Pathos and Logos that one can develop a text appealing to readers on various levels. The three parts of the triangle are ethos, logos, and pathos. Ethos is more concerned to the character of speakers. Any kind of text document that is ethos-driven concentrates on the character and reputation of writer. It reflects the reputation of author. If listeners can recognize the speaker’s credibility, it will help the speaker to make his task more easy and perfect.
Ethos helps to interpret the relationship between listeners and speakers. Ethos-driven document is highly focused on the qualities of author that give credibility to his personality such as sincerity, trust, grooming, eye contact, dress, movement, height and expertise. Pathos is highly focused on emotions, feelings and psychological state of the listeners. It is the fact that we can interpret the concept of document easily when we are in good mood but we cannot interpret it when we are in hostile mood. So it is the fact that pathos-driven document concentrates on the mood, emotions and feelings of the audience.
Logos-driven document is always focused on concepts or logical ability. It concentrates on proof that is given to the audience through logic reasoning. Humans make decisions on what grabs their attention through logical reasoning. If speaker’s communication is perfect and convincing, audience will inspire because they always try to find logical reasoning in the speech of speakers. Educational or official documents are focused on logos. (Ranjan, 2012) The first video is about Breast Cancer: http://www. youtube. com/watch? =bjXCnAXp8cs The second video is about students who attend a high school in New York and the discuss the STEP program which helps them to better understand technology http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=bjXCnAXp8cs First video • What is the background information for this presentation? The information in this video provides info about breast cancer, the presenter tells you in the simplest way how to prevent breast cancer and how to detect it in the early stages hands on, and she gives you an example on how to test yourself for breast cancer.
She also gives you in depth information about the subject and why she feels the subject is a sensitive topic for her. What is the name of the presenter? Megha Shah What is the name of this presentation? Breast Cancer Prevention Presentation by students of Lewis University Where can it be located? (What is its URL? ) http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=4zrTI25mV9I part 2 of the presentation is http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=bjXCnAXp8cs When was this presentation given? August 2, 2010
Where was this presentation given? On the Lewis University campus Who was in the audience? Faculty, students, staff, friends, and family How does each part of the Rhetorical Triangle operate in the presentation? Pathos is focused on emotions and feelings of the listeners, since the presenter felt sensitive on the subject since she either has a family member or a friend who has suffered from breast cancer she was able to reach out to the audience not in just an informative matter but in a personal matter as well.
Logos is built on how much the presenter has informed the audience I feel she did a great job, since she has experienced the topic in a personal way she was able to give tips and help the audience understand the subject better, she also gave great examples on presentation and how to catch the early signs of the illness. Ethos is described as the personality of the presenter I feel she was a bit nervous in front of the camera but she still did a great job when presenting it. She stumbled on a couple of words when doing the presentation in a face to face camera mode.
How does The Speaker operate in the presentation? Based on what you have learned in U1 about the Rhetorical Triangle, is this successful (i. e. , effective)? Yes I feel the speaker did successfully touch the basis of all three steps in the triangle though there were some mishaps altogether it still came out to be a great presentation. The speaker gave an effective method for the presentation as well she was able to properly inform the audience on the subject and give them examples on prevention. How does The Audience operate in the presentation?
Based on what you have learned in U1 about the Rhetorical Triangle, is this successful (i. e. , effective)? The audience seemed compelled because I believe all women need to know and understand the causes and effects of breast cancer and learn how to catch the early signs of it, they seemed very attentive when it came to listening ad understanding the topic. How does The Situation/Purpose operate in the presentation? Based on what you have learned in U1 about the Rhetorical Triangle, is this successful (i. . , effective)? The situation given for the topic was to inform women more on an illness that causes death for women today; so the purpose was to inform, educate, and help the audience to better understand the subject and gave them tips on how to prevent and catch the early signs of it. What is the relationship between these elements in this video presentation? Based on what you have learned in U1 about the Rhetorical Triangle, overall, is this successful (i. e. , effective)?
Since the presentation was given on a campus site, not only did it help the faculty and staff, the students, but it also gave them an opportunity to bring family and friends and help them get involved on the issues of the subject and to help them understand the subject as well. Second Video What is the background information for this presentation? The students in this video attempt to inform the audience about a program that is given to them after school hours(weekends) and it help enrich them in technology and further pushes them to their goals.
I think that the program offers the students ways to help them achieve their goals, the program also allows them to go a step further with their homework it’s something like a homework help program that is offered to them after school. It helps the kids in writing, math, and reading as well as English. What is the name of the presenter? Various high school students What is the name of this presentation? The Barnard STEP Program special presentation 2012 Where can it be located? (What is its URL? ) http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=oxO7t0vs5QE When was this presentation given? March 26, 2012
Where was this presentation given? Various locations that offer the after school program to its students. Who was in the audience? Teachers who volunteer at the program and various audience members who wanted to learn more about the program. How does each part of the Rhetorical Triangle operate in the presentation? Not every step was offered in this presentation I think, Ethos was effectively terminated in this presentation the students were still in school clothing I think or clothes that they wore at home after school I think they could’ve had the students look more presentable.
Pathos was initiated since all of the students seemed to come across the program by friends, teachers or family members who wanted to see them succeed. Logos was initiated but could’ve been handled differently if I were just browsing online the presentation given on the site would not have just caught my attention, the students were knowledgeable on the subject but only to a certain extent. One of the volunteered teachers could’ve made an appearance in the video and talked more to the parents watching about the subject.
It was just students in the video so they pretty much reached out to other students, but students must be able to help their parents understand the subject as well so a teacher should’ve been in the video to help capture the attention of the parents of the students who were interested in the program. How does The Speaker operate in the presentation? Based on what you have learned in U1 about the Rhetorical Triangle, is this successful (i. e. , effective)? All speakers pretty much went over why they joined the program, and what it offers.
I didn’t get to see information on why or who started the program where it was offered or why students should join. Students just told why they started the program because of who brought it to their attention i. e friends, family members or teachers. No one gave in depth information on why the program was started and who stated it and why. How does The Audience operate in the presentation? Based on what you have learned in U1 about the Rhetorical Triangle, is this successful (i. e. , effective)?
Various members were able to watch it was a video that was uploaded in order to let students know about the program, since the video didn’t properly execute why or how the program was stated and gave follow up information of the program I don’t think most audience members would be that interested in letting their students join. How does The Situation/Purpose operate in the presentation? Based on what you have learned in U1 about the Rhetorical Triangle, is this successful (i. e. , effective)?
Every school has a after school program, the video didn’t really discuss why or what made their program so special, or more important than any other program •What is the relationship between these elements in this video presentation? Based on what you have learned in U1 about the Rhetorical Triangle, overall, is this successful (i. e. , effective)? It was mildly successful I think that if any other student were to view the video they’d just watch and move on to another video relating to the same subject due to lack of information.
Both videos were entertaining but the second video proved to be more entertaining than the first the first video gave more information on the subject as well as examples and presentations on prevention, the presenter was able to capture the audience’s attention because the subject is a touchy matter and she was able to capture the attention of not only the faculty and staff as well as her fellow students but other women as well.
The second video would prove to have a mild audience it lacked of information. The students who presented the video just discussed why they felt the program was useful, no one went into detail on how or why the program was started and what the program offered. REFERENCES http://www. alloutdigital. com/2012/09/what-are-three-parts-of-the-rhetorical-triangle/ http://www. youtube. com
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