Blink: Beauty of Snap Decisions

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Cameron Lyons Alesia Williams Eng La Com AP 16 August 2009 The Beauty of Snap Decisions Blink by Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell embodies the entire subject of the book “Blink,” in both the title of the book, and the phrase “thin-slicing,” which is a person ability to accurately gauge what is important from a very narrow period of time. To put it simply, impulsive decisions can often be more reliable than well thought out decisions. Gladwell provided the reader with multiple examples throughout each chapter of the book to back up his thesis. My goal is to reconstruct each of these examples/arguments in a more convenient manner for the reader, to support Gladwell’s argument. Come with me on a journey into the world of snap…show more content…
Exemplification, as stated earlier, can be an interview that has taken place earlier and the quotations from it. Gladwell simply took an earlier conversation between two entities, and incorporated it into the story at hand. Another excellent example came within the first paragraph of the book. Gladwell gives the reader a semi-accurate description of the statue. The book describes the statue as “a nude male youth standing with his left leg forward and his arms at his sides.” It is also listed as being seven feet tall, with “a kind of light-colored glow that set it apart from other ancient works “(Gladwell 3). See, each sentence provides the reader with a description of the statue, which in essence, is the second rhetorical strategy in a nut shell. To save both time and paper, I have decided to combine two of the strategies into one paragraph. In the introduction, Gladwell provides the reader with cause and effect. There’s a chain of events that eventually lead to the refusal of the statue by the museum. In the beginning, the museum was first approached by a rather old individual possessing a kouros. This resulted in the fourteen months of careful inspection, and investigation that followed the initial offer. Once the legal and scientific team hired by the museum completed their task, the museum hired fellow artist and sculptures to view the statue, and provide

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