The Demographic Imperative is crucial for intercultural competence seen from the recent mistakes of an uneducated spokesman, Miley Cyrus. From her last racy performance to this year’s racist lingo and attire, Cyrus demonstrated a perfect example of the horrible ignorance to the demographics of an audience. Increasing in diversity, the demographics of the United States have changed dramatically over the past few decades; “The U.S. population is now more than 308 million, of which 62.3 percent are European American, 16.3 percent are Latino, 12.6 percent are African American, 4.8 percent are Asian American, and 1.1 percent are Native American. About 2.9 percent of people identify themselves as belonging to two or more cultural groups. (Intercultural
The excerpt from Mary Oliver’s “Building the House” serves as a way to describe what happens during the poetry writing process. Although Mary Oliver believes that writing poetry is hard work, she uses extended metaphor, juxtaposition, and point of view to describe the writing process in comparison of building a house, which shows that Oliver sees poetry as something that involves mental labor which is a different challenge than physical labor .
Introduction An eloquent speech can tackle the challenges posed by flying time and shine in various social contexts. Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s speech in 1992 hit the world by its appeal and eloquence. Nowadays, Severn is still remembered as “The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes”, and during important international environmental conferences, journalists still turn to Severn for comments and advice. How does the speech stand out from numerous environmental speeches in the history?
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was an award winning program that delivered top headline news in a more realistic way. On April 28, 2015, Jon Stewart performed an episode on the protests in Baltimore. Stewart sarcastically informed his viewers of the riots in Baltimore and the government actions that followed.
“We can leave the mountain anytime we want but those with ALS are prisoners in their own body”-Alex Williams. People with ALS start losing their ability to move as the disease goes through their body. In the Book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Morrie Schwartz has ALS and he tries to give away all of his wisdom before he dies. Morrie teaches people to live life through showing love to family, not hiding or being scared of aging and accepting that Death is natural.
“Cuss Time” by Jill McCorkle, applies that you should have the freedom to use strong language to make fiction reality in a story. McCorkle tells a story in the first paragraph about a moment her father experienced from back in his days, as a mail carrier. A little boy who was dirty and “severely marked by poverty and neglect,” called him an “old son of a bitch.” Her father recognized the boy's reality of anger and toughness, in hope of finding a better place. McCorkle discusses her and her son's experience with the strong language, related to religion, and Lenny Bruce pushing his freedom of speech.
Most graduates have a lot of stress and worry about their futures, the uncertainty of where they are going or what they will become. Ellen is relatable when she tells the graduates how she didn’t know who shes was, considering that, she was still dating men. Another use of a rhetorical question “But why am I here today?” to introduce an anecdote about her growing up in New Orleans. This question takes the audience’s attention back to her, because, consequently, they know that Ellen will explain why she is there; giving them a reason to listen to her words. Once again, Ellen asks “What else can happen to you?” in order to commend the graduates of having success after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. She uses the hyperbole and rhetorical question, “So what I’m saying is, when you’re older, a lot of you will be gay. Anyone writing this stuff down? Parents?” this keeps everybody’s attention and loops the parents into relating the commencement speech to them as well. Rhetorical questions help Ellen by giving the crowd small moments to reflect and invites them into her speech, connecting to them and allowing them to smile during serious content.
In Barbara Ehrenreich's bold and honest book she tackles the issue of poverty in America head on, by becoming a low wage worker herself. Ehrenreich delves into the often unheard of issues relating to poverty and low wage work, providing her readers with a new perspective on America's working poor and manages to give her audience a stark emotional, yet logical and factual, look into the working class' poverty epidemic. She uses her own anecdotal evidence and supports it with statistics and facts, appeals to ethos by challenging the ethics of corporate America and it costs, finally she hits an emotional chord with readers by reminding them of what low wage workers must endure so that we can live in our America.
Gail Collins, an American writer known for writing under the opinion pages for the The New York Times, has turned the recent presidential debate, into something comical. In Gail’s most recent articles, “How Could Anyone Vote for Trump”, “The Dark Days of Donald Trump”, “Don’t Take Donald Trump to Dinner”, and “The Debate in One Scary Answer”, her purpose is to show that Donald Trump is not qualified to become the next president of the United States. In these four articles, her audience is the general educated reader that will be voting in the 2016 presidential election. Gail Collins has a recurring pattern of using the rhetorical modes; illustration and description. In addition, she uses the rhetorical strategies; metaphor, dialogue, and contrast
In the year 1990, a war between Iraq and Kuwait created numerous problems and hardships for many individuals including those who were not even affiliated with the region. An example of one of these problems is between an American mother, Mary Ewald, and her son Hart Ewald, who had been taken hostage by military forces under the leadership of the Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. Mrs. Ewald uses several rhetorical strategies and devices scattered throughout her letter in order to achieve a convincing and thought provoking plead. These strategies include effective and elaborate usage of logos pathos and ethos, and a very professional and intelligent tone.
Queen Elizabeth I is considered to be one of the most powerful women in history. In 1588, as ruler of England, she was faced with an invasion against Spain for control over trade in the new world. Her “Against the Spanish Armada” speech was addressed to the English Army at Tilbury Fort to help motivate and boost assurance, as well as showing support to her troops over the battle they were about to face. With her passionate words and courageous way, Queen Elizabeth establishes a connection with her soldiers; appealing to their patriotism and emotions through logos, pathos, and ethos. Although she was uncertain of a “famous victory”, Elizabeth instills the reassurance they need to fight against Spain and leading them to victory in the end.
I came from a high school where all my closest friends were athletic like me, were loud and vulgar like me, and extremely prideful like me. The athleticism inspired an extremely competitive bond between us. Our pride wouldn’t allow us to lose to each other in any event. Anything was a competition; racing down the street, a better grade on a test, how much food we ate during lunch are all examples. Needless to say, if any of my buddies and I shared the same class we would fight for the teachers and peers attention by attempting to be the funniest and most importantly, the loudest. Whenever the teacher would hold a class discussion I would always try to be the first one to shout out an answer, and sure enough a buddy of mine would routinely
While some may say that the Upper Midwest has various discouraging characteristics, Debra describes her passion and endless love for the upper Midwest plains, although some may not see her perspective of the Upper Midwest as she sees it. Debra persuades her audience by using juxtapose by describing how the upper Midwest has much more resources that can’t be found anywhere else. As well she uses analogy and tone to show how other people think of her land as a wasteful plain where no even agriculture could be grown because of how horrible it is. She describes both positions so the reader can listen to both the good reviews of the land and as well the bad ones.
Famous actors, musicians, politicians, artists and authors are often called upon to deliver commencement addresses at prestigious places of higher learning. It doesn't take Nobel-Prize-winning social scientists or psychologists, or speech professors to predict what these elite guest speakers will say on such occasions such as these. The speaker will tell the graduating class to aim high, never give up, make the most of opportunities, and do as our forbearers did: pull yourselves up by the bootstraps. But when Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks showed up at Vassar College to present the commencement address, his presentation avoided those clichés and platitudes. Hanks was refreshing original and yet remarkably pragmatic. This paper critiques Hanks' themes, examines his rhetorical techniques, and editorially analyzes his purpose.
Ellen DeGeneres Commencement Speech at Tulane Rona L. Cauguiran West Coast University On May 16, 2009, Ellen DeGeneres delivered a Commencement speech at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The purpose of this speech was to guide the graduates of Tulane University into the new world, and just give them advice about their future. DeGeneres’s speech was about her personal experiences about growing up and just her personal struggle in life. Also, it was about finding the purpose of life, and how she got through a tough situation in her life.