Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture – Analysis and Essay

Question 1 of 1:
Evaluating a Discussion

Choose any television news or talk show that has an argumentative format and subject matter.
If there is no access to a television, an Internet video of a similar show is also acceptable.

Watch an episode in which a guest is discussing a controversial issue. Analyze the discussion and

evaluate the major claims and assumptions made by anyone involved in the discussion.

Include details of the news or talk show, such as the name of the show, the issue, and participants

involved. Write your evaluation of the discussion, addressing the following questions:

  • Discuss the assumptions of participants about the viewer’s knowledge on the subject,
  • beliefs on the issues, and values involving these issues.
  • What is the argumentative goal of each participant involved in the argument? Has this
  • purpose been accomplished? Why or why not?
  • Discuss the kind of evidence that each participant used to back up his or her claims, such as examples, data, facts, expert opinions, testimonies, and personal experience. Also, specify the kind of
  • evidence presented by each participant—specific, reliable, relevant, sufficient, up to date, or biased.
  • Which participants appeared more logical and reasonable? Explain.
  • Explain if the opposition’s viewpoints are addressed by any of the participants.

Submission Requirements: 

Submit your response to the assignment in a minimum of 500 words in a Microsoft Word document.

Second assignment
Question 1 of 1:
Logical Fallacies

Following is a list of sentences that contain logical fallacies:

  • Abortion should be illegal because it is immoral.
  • A candidate wearing a t-shirt and jeans must be laid back.
  • I don’t think we should respect this teacher because she drives an old car.
  • If you use this type of hair gel, you will be more attractive and have more power.
  • This country can either have a strong police force or a strong educational system.

Examine the list of sentences provided and complete the following:

  1. Identify the type of fallacy apparent in each sentence (such as “Slippery Slope” or
  2. “Bandwagon Appeal”) and then explain in your own words why the given claim is a fallacy.
  3. Rewrite each statement so that it no longer contains a logical fallacy but reflects a solid
  4. claim.

Submission Requirements: 

Submit your response to the assignment in a minimum of 100 words in a Microsoft Word document.

  • Font: Arial, 12 point, double-spaced
  • File name: InitialName_FirstName_Essay2.1_Date
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