Inquiry 2 Zero Draft

For my Inquiry 2, I’m choosing to do a rhetorical analysis on the Huffington Post. I’ve actually never visited this news reader so there will be no biases involved.  At first glance, the date and the title  pop out, the title more so because it is capitalized and larger.  Like a lot of news readers, a main story is featured with a large picture and a large title.

As I was browsing the site, the top story changed once. Something that I found interesting is that this site also features a blog, which is showcased to the left side of the page. It shows a picture of the author next to their post and from this I gathered that there’s an age distribution  from early 20’s up into people in their 60’s and 70’s as far as blog posters goes. The site relies on pictures to capture interest in stories  because they provide a picture next to every story. I think this caters to a younger audience, possibly college students and recent graduates who browse this site in their free time or in between classes. I feel like these pictures would increase interest because some of them are gifs, and others are eye grabbing in general.  Also, the stories on the front page seem to only offer keywords or topics of what the story is about, requiring you to click on the picture to actually get more than just a title, and I think younger people are more likely to do this.

With different sub sections of the site such as “gay voices”, “horoscopes”, “Sports”, “Celebrity”, and “GPS for the soul”, I can tell even more so that this news aggregator is for a younger based audience, with possibly more liberal views and sections dedicated solely to women. There’s a section called “Voices” and includes, women voices, black voices, Latino voices, gay voices, religion, teen, crime and impact. This offers more news for any demographic of Americans and keeps a very open mind in showing that the Huffington Post is for the people, all people and is not afraid to showcase all opinions of all people alike. The news is mostly U.S. news but there is also a worldpost section which focuses on global news.

Mathieu Reading

After reading through the article on the rhetoric’s of coffee, I have come to a better understanding of how to anaylze something and pick out the rhetoric it’s using. It shows that you  to not only look for the rhetoric on the surface, but to dig deeper and think critically about every process involved. In regards to Starbucks it is possible that everything you see in the store is some form of rhetoric in that it’s trying to pull you in and get you to buy a cup of coffee, through imagery, hospitality and even how they name their coffees.  This shows me that for our assignment I need to totally analyze everything about the site I’m going to write about. Everything from their logos and images to the text font they use because it all could bear some meaning as to how they’re trying to attract an audience, and who that audience might be.  This article shows me that there are many areas to search in any business or website to find how they’re trying to use rhetoric to attract customers and daily visitors. I will keep this reading in mind when I explore a website and try to uncover the ways that rhetoric is used there. Situations where businesses use words to make customers feel a certain way is probably when food places use fancy names for their food to be creative and unique.

Zero Draft

Very unpolished draft. 

One of the activities that puts a smile on my face is fishing. I wasn’t raised into fishing by my family, rather it become an activity that I found I enjoyed with my best friend and next-door neighbor, Tony. Our first fishing experiencing together happened at a small pond when we were both young. We didn’t know what we were doing, but we still had enough intelligence to worm the hook and cast the worm somewhat towards the middle of the pond. Tony is 3 years older than me so he probably had a little more of an idea as to what he was doing. I remember that he caught a large mouth bass, and I thought it was the biggest fish I’d ever seen in person, and for the time it probably was.

As we grew older the fish we would catch outweighed that fish by a lot, but that wasn’t really the importance of fishing. It was more so the act of getting out of the house, riding our bikes to a fishing hole and being free of any worries. 6 years ago we started fishing a lake with our other friend, Jake. We used a boat and we becoming more experienced and our tackle boxes were filling up with more artificial baits as we enjoyed using them more than live bait.

Rhetoric would come into play as I’d try to convince him that a texas-rigged (bullet weight, offshank-hook, essentially making the rig weed-less so that it can be fished in weeds and lilly pads without snags) purple rubber worm was the best bait to use on the lake. Tony on the other hand was a fan of crank baits and hard plastic baits that resembled the bait fish that Bass would feed on. He believed that they were more enjoyable because they are fished at a faster pace than rubber worms, which are usually fished very slowly and require a certain touch to make the worm look lifelike to a fish. Both of these baits worked on this particular lake, but I still found myself explaining why the rubber worm was the better bait, even when it never seemed to totally sway him over to it.

From time to time we’d both switch over to the others preferred bait, and I’d fish with a crank bait for little bit but become bored with the repetitive fast retrieves and overwhelming feeling that I was missing all the fish that were surely resting their bodies within the thicket of aquatic plants and weeds that this bait, with its exposed hooks, could not reach. Tony did the same, fishing a worm for a little bit before switching back to his preferred set up. I was never able to convince him that a rubber worm is better, just as he never could convince me that a crank bait was better.