(for some reason, Firefox saved this entry in the window I was using to write my blog posts today – so I was able to find it, fix it up, and now I’m posting it. thank goodness.)
For the topic of my final paper (which, unfortunately, is not my final exam…boo), I’ve chosen to talk about the Pro-2A vs. Pro-Gun-Control use of rhetoric.
Specifically, the use of logos (logical, factual arguments), pathos (emotion), and ethos (credibility) for each “side”.
The conclusion that I’m coming to in reading articles in both the media and in blogs, as well as from speaking to people, is as follows:
-Pro-Second-Amendment Advocates (i.e. gunnies) are more likely to use logos first. State facts and figures in detail, refute arguments before they come up, etc. Ethos is stronger from the get-go because of this. Pathos isn’t pulled out unless absolutely necessary, and even then it’s not THE argument, but a supporting part of the argument. As far as bloggers go, 2-A bloggers are more likely to write about many other things in addition to guns, because for them, it’s just like talking about their cars or something.
-Gun-Control Advocates are more likely to use pathos first. They attempt to appeal to emotion. When facts are stated, they’re usually very broad and heavily-edited to suit their argument. On the surface, the use of pathos before logos results in people not listening very carefully during the actual fact-stating…this appears to be by design, in order to quell the number of questions about the truth of the argument. Any ethos from this side of the debate is questionable when figures are looked at in greater detail.
Now, here’s where you guys come in – this thing has to be 10 pages, and that’s not a problem for me, but I can only argue one example from each side in my main point.
This means I need a SPECIFIC situation that has caused an uproar of some sort on both sides (even though gunnies don’t “roar”, they speak calmly…haha), so that I can compare and contrast the reactions.
I would also like permission from a couple of you to use certain things in my paper. Marko and Tam, I’m looking at you. Obviously, proper credit and links would be given at the end of the paper in my references. Let me know in comments if you’re up for it, and I’ll let you know exactly what I’m looking for (or what I’ve already found that I want to use).
So. Anyone got any ideas? I’m considering the VA Tech thing…