In today’s modern society, American’s have taken political correctness to the extreme that it is beginning to cause injustice—the main idea being politically correct was created to prevent. Although the constitution states that all men are created equal, and therefore deserve to be treated equal in every aspect, political correctness has become over the top because of the ridiculous amount of money that goes into it, the inequality it is creating, and how society and the country are falling away from its core principles.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
In my English class we were discussing some things about rhetoric situations. As I was searching through and reading some blogs, I found a great blog from a Christian writer that speaks about her beliefs of different things like holidays and misconceptions of the religion. I thought she did an impeccable job of using rhetoric, so I decided to write and describe why I thought she did such a great job. These are my thoughts.
What if you aren’t quite celebrating Christmas the right way? Is that possible? We’ve all grown up believing that Christmas is for the sole purpose of celebrating Christ’s birth, and not about the gifts, and the decorations, and all the extra pizzazz. What if there is a bigger and more important reason to celebrate? Seane-Anne thinks there is. She focuses her thoughts to Christian people who celebrate Christmas in order to convince them to contemplate more important reasons for the holiday. In the post "Christmas: Should We or Shouldn't We?” Seane-Anna does a great job of getting the audience to confirm and hold true to their beliefs of Christmas. She even further goes into the article with a purpose of trying to convince the audience to consider greater reasons, she thinks, to celebrate Christmas. She does this by her impeccable knowledge of history and religious text, the way she invites the audience to side with her, her use of figurative language in the form of rhetorical questions, and the way she closes with inviting the reader to reconsider their celebration.
To begin, Seane-Anna’s post is greatly written because of her impeccable knowledge on the subject. She does not just make a statement and throw her opinion at it, but she really has some historical and religious details to back up her points. For example, when she says, “I've also known for years that in the Bible God tells His people NOT to worship Him the way the heathens worship their gods. I'm increasingly convinced that that's exactly what we're doing when we use pagan festivals to celebrate Christ's birth.” She uses very these strong points directly from the Christian faith that celebrates the holiday in the first place. Basically, in a way, she is saying, “look, here it is written in the Bible, so it is undeniable logic.” One of the greatest things a writer can do is make a statement and back it up with factual evidence that gives the audience no choice but to believe. This is, to me, the most convincing point, that she uses to persuade the audience one-way or the other.
Another creative way she makes her rhetoric strong is the way she invites herself into the audience’s side by siding with them. For example, she says "Of course Christians should celebrate Christmas. What would their faith be without the celebration of its founder's birth? From a cultural standpoint, I support Christmas.” Here she is stating the importance of Christmas and says absolutely it is important to have Christmas. I think this also boosts her credibility, in the way that people who celebrate Christmas aren’t reading this post from an atheist who, of course, would be opposed to celebrating Christmas. So it allows the audience to open their minds to someone who is just like them, and believes the same things they do, but has just a little different opinion and view towards the subject. Without the use of facts as mentioned above, I think this would still be such a strong rhetoric because of this aspect of her paper. Often times, people are more likely to believe someone who, in some ways, is just like them. A surgeon is more willing to listen to opinions of other surgeons before going through with an operation than a pizza delivery man. Just as a Christian is more likely to listen to another Christian.
She also has a creative way of using figurative language in the form of rhetorical questions. She has kind of the same question all throughout the post, "Should Christians celebrate Christmas" and then she continues to answer that in different and descriptive ways all throughout the post. For example, she asks the question and then goes into the factual evidence, then she asks it again and goes into a moral/personal opinionated standpoint, and finally, she asks it again as more of a personal, rhetorical question for the audience to think about for themselves.
I think this works for the author because she continually wants to reach to all types of audiences on a logical and emotional level and even more so, a personal level. She wants the audience to keep considering their beliefs and asking themselves if the way they celebrate is actually how they should celebrate it. So she'll ask the question, let the audience think about how they celebrate, and then give a "better" reason to do it through different types of reasoning's. This also ties into the point above where I had mentioned that the author invites herself into the lives of the reader. She asks the audience to rhetorically let her know how they celebrate Christmas, and then she goes into her opinion of why that might not be the best reason to celebrate. I think this is a great use of rhetorical questions to help further her opinion in her post.
A final characteristic she uses in her paper that she does well is her use of inviting the audience to really make their own decision. What I mean is she says all these things in her paper and gives all these facts and pretty much straight up says this is what makes sense, and I think this is what you should do. For example, she says, “I'm not telling anyone to stop celebrating Christmas. I don't condemn the overwhelming majority of Christians who observe the holiday. In fact, I still observe Christmas.” After saying all of this, she then says, keep celebrating it, celebrate it how you want, and this is why I think it’s better for you to celebrate it the way I recommend. This is a very effective tool she uses because most Christians grow up celebrating Christ’s birth for the reason of having Christmas and the way that she makes it sound is that it is great and important to do that, but maybe their should be a little more thought and feeling behind it. Maybe you should celebrate it as a time for recollection and thanks giving for Christ, and not just as a celebration to worship him.
I think that for the topics that Seane-Anna picks for her blogs, and the Christian audience she directs her thoughts towards, I believe she does a great job of using rhetoric tools to write a very convincing article in this specific post. It leaves questions in the mind of the audience and allows them to come to their own conclusions on matters. Are you celebrating Christmas for the right reasons? I know as I personally read the thoughts of this author, although it did not change my mind for the reason I celebrate, it did make me continually think throughout the post. It also helped even confirm my reasons even more so and stick to them even stronger because she really questioned my beliefs. It just confirmed it more for me. I’m sure her purpose was not to change everyone’s ideas about Christmas, but I do know that her purpose was to get people to start thinking and really figure out what they believe in. I don’t know about you, but the post really makes me want to reconsider some of the reasons I do a lot of the things I do, and make sure I’m doing them for the right reason.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I think this works for the author because she continually wants to reach to all types of audiences on a logical and emotional level. She wants the audience to keep considering their beliefs and asking themselves if the way they celebrate is actually how they should celebrate it. So she'll ask the question, let the audience think about how they celebrate, and then give a "better" reason to do it through different types of reasoning's.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
In this specific blog, the Writer/speaker is Seane-Anna (a Christian woman), the audience is really anyone and everyone-but mainly narrows in on Christians who celebrate Christmas. The issue is whether or not Christians should decide to celebrate Christmas FOR the reasons they celebrate it.
4 questions about the blog post:
1. What is the author trying to do?
In this post, the author is trying to give both sides of why/why not Christians celebrate Christmas and then convince people believe in it for the right reason.
2. What specific tools or stategies are they using?
I think that a main tool the author uses is Logos. She uses a lot of logical reason for why or why not to celebrate Christmas for the reason they do. She uses things like facts from the Bible as well as facts of other religions etc. Another tool I think she uses is the fact that she really sides with the "Christian Person". What I mean is that she says yes, I am Christian, and yes I celebrate Christmas, so in a sense she is kind of establishing herself as a person that a Christian reader would want to listen to because of the same beliefs. She just goes on to say, sure, celebrate Christmas, but do it for the right reason.
3.What does this tool make the audience think or feel or believe in?
As I mentioned above, these tools allow the reader to side with the author, allowing the author to be more convincing and believable in what she says. Also, she uses logic which is hard to deny and makes her opinion even more convincing.
4. Why does the author need the audience to think or believe in that thing?
I think that the audience needs to think and feel that way because instead of just celebrating Christmas blindly, they need to really find a reason why they celebrate Christmas in their hearts because she mentions that Christmas is under constant attack and people are trying to do away with it. So, if you firmly believe in it, then it will be hard for people to destroy those beliefs.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
For me, the overall process of the oped was great. I liked having a step-by-step process: first the draft, then the peer review, then the writing lab review, then the final draft. It made it really easy to follow along and have a lot of second opinions. I also like that it was pretty quick to do, the due dates were all close together so it helped me avoid procrastination. I liked this project and I thought it worked really well and was a good learning experience.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Think of the last time you were in a hurry. I mean really in a hurry. You have to drive somewhere and want to do it legally obeying speed limits and laws. Okay, now imagine that task at 6:00pm during rush hour in Provo, Utah. Are you going to get to your destination on time? I’d like to assume that answer is obvious but will answer it through some of the following ideas (just in case you’re confused). ;) Driving in Provo has to be one of the worst places to drive because of the light system, and even worse, with a few changes in that system, it could all be avoided. Each day the lights are not fixed, drivers get worse and worse, as though they are being conditioned to drive the way they do. Provo city needs to take responsibility for its terrible light system and take some steps to solve it.
I grew up in Mesa, Arizona. I lived there for 18 years until moving to Provo for school. Streets are pretty similar to the ones here in Utah: grid-like and nice and straight. Granted, we don’t have a whole college population crammed into a tiny city, but we do have almost a half a million people living there. Arizona also happens to be one of the safest places to drive, and according to Forbes, one of the best states to drive. (www.forbes.com). In fact, Provo, UT doesn't even make the top 40 safest places to drive in the 50 states. So, why did I instantly gain a hatred for driving in Provo? Why does anyone gain a hatred for driving in Utah? What is it about the lights that makes it so frustrating to drive here in Provo as opposed to Mesa?
First off, I think that in a way, Provo drivers are conditioned to drive the way they do through the light system. Now hear me out on this. When I say conditioned I mean being “trained” in a sense. When something happens, you react in someway, to hopefully receive the reward at the end. For example, the light turns yellow, you speed up to catch the light and run it, your reward is getting through the light and getting to your destination on time. To break it down even more, here’s another example. The green turning arrow appears in most intersections after the main light turns red, as opposed to being before it. This allows people going straight through the light to fly through a yellow light, or even a red light. They know that the arrow will follow after a brief few moments, and they don’t have to worry about cross traffic going. It gives them a couple extra seconds to get away with running a red light safely. Next time you’re at a light, count how many people actually go after 3 seconds of a yellow light or a red light. It’ll most likely be around 2 or 3. If you’re safely running red lights, don’t you think you will continue to do that in most intersections?
I used to live in some apartments at the corner of University and University. In one single day, I almost got in two accidents in the same intersection, neither of which would of been my fault. I was in the turning lane, waiting to turn left. I was out in the intersection getting ready to turn, and as the light turned yellow I began to turn. Because the road is slightly curved, it is hard to see cars coming around the bend. On each turn, cars flew through the intersection as I was turning and I had to swerve and slam on my breaks to avoid being t-boned from a red-light-runner.
Another way I think that drivers are accidently being conditioned to drive badly from the light system here, is the fact that lights are not timed. Lights are all on a mandatory routine. First the green light, next the turning arrow, then the cross street green light, finally followed by the cross street turning arrow, and repeat. A light in many cases will be green without a car even being there. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been sitting at a red light waiting for the turning arrow to turn red while no one was even in that lane to begin with. There is absolutely nothing more frustrating than waiting for absolutely no reason at all. Even more so, any time a small cross street wire gets tripped, the light immediately turns yellow every time! With the amount of people in this little city, you can forget about trying to be in a hurry. The only way to make lights is by going 15 mph over the speed limit and flying in and out of traffic. And I think this is exactly what people have figured out and learned to do.
In Mesa, I lived on the very South border of Mesa and Gilbert. I had tennis lessons on the very North end of Mesa. It would take me about 10 minutes to get to tennis. In Provo, it would take me most likely like 25 minutes. The difference is that in Mesa, if you are going to speed limit of 45 MPH, you can catch every light. They are timed so that by following the law, you are rewarded. Here in Provo it is the opposite. While driving south down State street from University Parkway on down, here in Provo, there is a stop light almost every half block, if not more. I can remember an instance when I was running late for work and I literally had to stop at every single light. This actually happens to me on multiple occasions.
So what do we do then? Continue to allow ourselves to rip our hair out while screaming to ourselves in our car? I know I don’t want to. The lights need to be timed. It’s a matter of safety. There is no reason that the main roads such as University Parkway, University Avenue, State Street, and so on can’t be timed. Just those 3 streets alone will make a world of a difference. As long as you’re going the speed limit and catch the route right, you should be able to get through all of the lights. Mesa, Arizona does it, so it’s possible. Why not do this? Why not make driving easier through the lights? I honestly think that if we made this change to the light system, drivers wouldn’t be so extreme and things could actually start to settle down around here.
The first step begins with you. If you are as aggravated as I am, and the thought of driving just makes your head ache, then write to the city council. It would even help to write to the mayor. He is most likely just as annoyed as you and I. If the mayor continually gets complaints about the lights, it’ll spark a change. Maybe not instantly, but overtime people will start driving safe again. We need to stop being lab rats trained to drive bad and step up to change it up around here.
Here you can see of the terrible things that are a result of running red lights. Fix the lights, fix the drivers.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
So this past weekend my parents and two sisters came up to drop my youngest sister off at BYUI. So, I decided to quit work and go with them. Both my fiance and I went up.
On Friday morning, we set off on our journey. This will have made my second trip to Rexburg. And there are no promises that there will be a third. It could be the longest 4 hour drive of potatoes, wheat, potatoes, sugar beets, potatoes. Field after field. So anywho, after our very long, uninteresting drive, we got to Idaho and unloaded my sisters room and started to set her up in her apartment.
After that, we made a spur of the moment decision to continue the 70 miles to Jackson Hole, WY, since no one in the car had been there before. When we got there it was about 6 in the evening, so we decided to find a hotel to stay in before it got too dark to keep looking around.
The little attic room consisted of a common area and 3 bedrooms with 4 beds. Since there were 6 of us, and 0 other open hotel rooms this would have to do. We walked up the narrow stairway to look at this room. I don't know if you've seen the Ring or the Grudge, but I swear they were both filmed in the little attic hotel room. There were all these little doors in the walls that were sealed shut, creepy mirrors, broken windows, old doors with the key hole locks. Seriously the most stereotypical freaky room ever.
As were were playing cards in my fiance's room, we kept hearing noises and decided to plan the filming of our own scary movie, unfortunately, me being the loud mouth, would have to die first. As midnight came around, we decided it best to go to sleep because of the early morning we had ahead of us. My fiance Brandon made me leave the door open as well as take the creepy mirror off his wall and hide it. I must've talked the good talked and freaked him out really good because he's not scared of anything much less a mirror on the wall. After I abandoned him in his room, I went to the other room that had two beds in it. My mom and younger sister had already fallen asleep and my sister and I shared the other bed. We kept trying to scare each other all through the night and finally I somehow fell asleep.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
So, in lieu of my "blog theme" I'll write my first post.
3. 1969 Mustangs
4. The Bill O'Reilly Show
7. WW2 antiques
8. Fantasy Football
3. DIY Crafts
5. Interior Design
8. Thunder storms
9. Sleeping in
10. The Big Bang Theory and Arrested Development
This past week I went and stayed in Vegas with my fiance and his family. We went down to celebrate his birthday and also to try to sell a WW2 propeller at the Pawn shop that is on the tv show Pawn Stars. I also had never been to Vegas so I wanted to experience it. After 6 long hours of driving down we stopped by the Pawn shop and waited forEVER. Finally, we reached the front of the line and instantly were turned away. Ever since they had someone bring in a prop for the show, they've been getting tons. So, we left and went across the street to an antique shop and sold it there for 700$. Awesome. Since we only bought it for $400.
After that we went to the Caesars Palace Hotel and walked through it and then made our way through to the Venetian hotel. I have to admit, those hotels are AMAZING, but I don't think I will ever go to Vegas again. It was only like 107 degrees and like 12 noon. Perhaps I will go to see the strip during the night time, apparently it makes a huge difference. I'm not so much a fan of people handing out gross fliers everywhere you look, smoke filling every inch of fresh air there could have been and just weird, crazy looking and acting people all over the place. So thank you Vegas for the trip out of Utah, but I don't think you and I will be meeting again for a very long time. Vegas is not really the place for a sheltered LDS girl to go hang out at. Not to mention the end is coming and Vegas might have to be one of the first places to go. In my opinion of course.
Overall it was a great trip, got to take my fiance to our favorite restaurant in the world for sushi, open presents, and eat cake and ice cream. Only downer was I had to be back in time for work bright and early Monday morning. Bleh! Well there's nothing like getting out of Provo any chance you get.
Till we meet again, Vegas.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
I decided to instead go in a different direction on what I wanted to write about. When I was driving home I was trying to think of the things that irritate me about living here. And stop light after stop light, detour after detour, my 5 minute drive home became a 20 minute drive home. And so there you have it, I will write my oped on driving in Utah county, mainly focusing on the light system with construction details.