The article “Water Works”, published by Orion Magazine and written by environmental specialist Cynthia Barnett intends to inform the reader anyone can make water an important factor. Overlooking it has become common many people in the United States have adapted to through the changes that have occurred in society over time. At the beginning of her article, she describes an area that does not make water care a priority, whereas in another location they make it very evident water is important. The location she describes is gloomy, grey, and is a populated area that has old water systems that are damaging environmental factors. Barnett continuously emphasizes that people are the ones who can help restore nature. This is at a less cost than …show more content…
The word choice in her entire article is left for the reader to assume which can be a way of compelling the audience to take action. I really enjoy reading articles that make me think twice about the meaning of a concept; engaging. The style is likewise characterized in other ways. Having an engaging article to read that not only sounds good but looks good is another important part in convincing audience of the cause. “Water Works” uses small paragraphs with different facts and examples meant not only to make the author credible with facts, but allow the reader to think about each small idea to verify it is a logical argument on the author's behalf. Although more facts than ideas may disengage the audience, or the fact it is ten pages, it seems she at least made an attempt to accommodate the reader with her paragraph lengths, and space. Analyzing appeals the author uses can further clarify her intention. The appeals of logos, pathos, and ethos can be seen throughout the piece “Water Works”. On page three Barnett introduces a source she obviously finds credible: George E. Waring. I noticed the reason she probably finds him credible is that she sees it important for the audience to hear his point she brought into the mix. The point he brought up is, what I would say, a low-key turning point. George roasts the United States people on page three paragraph three saying it is
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“This is Water”, a commencement speech by David Foster Wallace to the graduating class of 2005 at Kenyon College, talks about how they, the students, haven’t faced real life yet and how their surroundings are what they’ve been in and are used to. Wallace conveys his message very well because of his use of emotional appeal as well as his word choice. He reminds his audience to look beyond yourself and think about how life is not just your story and your world, it’s about others and stepping into their shoes for a minute and seeing other perspectives. Most importantly, he is able to speak from personal stories and relatable scenarios which makes him credible and his speech becomes applicable to the audience at the graduation.
For this paper water structures and infrastructures were selected as focus points because the longer we wait to fix issues with them, the more expensive it will get, in other words, we are in a race against time. Studying the past it is easy to see how water availability made population explode in an area such as Southern California, where savvy marketing and great politics made it happen. Particularly, for Los Angeles and for the purposes of public narrative, Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert does a great job at understanding and identifying the politics and key figures in getting water to Los Angeles. Great hydrologic structures were created using both manpower and water politics. It is important to state that there are connections between water, politics, environment, and geography when analyzing what the biggest problems involving water structures and infrastructures (Reisner.) We must think of water as both a socio-political issue and a natural resource, whose fate is molded by the understanding of its connectivity to itself, man-made structures, geography, environment, and society. The classes taken in this program have taught us ideals that in order to become a great water resource manager, one must master the political and scientific knowledge to make decisions that are prosperous for society and the environment. Furthermore, one must know the United States’ hydrological history in order to gain manipulation upon the system that makes it both thrive and deteriorate.
Another rhetorical strategy that Wallace incorporated in his essay is appeal to logos. As mentioned in paragraph 2, Wallace did not purposely use stories to bore his audience, but to support his claim which illustrates the way how they perceive certain situations According to both stories, the fish and eskimos, the audience logically deduced that the characters in both scenarios were wrong based on their lack of reasoning. The fish in Wallace’s story asks, “What the hell is water?” (Wallace 1) and the atheist inaccurately assumes that God does not exist because God was not there at the despairing moment to rescue him; instead, he had to rely on “a couple of Eskimos.” (Wallace 2) In both cases, the audience comprehends Wallace’s conceptual
In his speech This is Water, David Foster Wallace utilizes anecdotes of the daily routines of the average adult that the newly graduate will now experience. Wallace asserts to the graduating class that the overall purpose of higher education is having the ability and freedom to mindfully choose how we perceive others and to appropriately adjust our way of thinking. Wallace believes that if we really take the time to consider what we think about and control our thoughts that the scripts that are embedded in our minds can be reprogrammed to reveal what has been blind to us. Wallace’s main idea is that adults are self-centered and they lack compassion for others simply, because our thought process is set on auto pilot. Wallace’s overall claim is that we all have a choice, which is the theme of his speech.
Water in daytripper reoccurs symbolically in the story, what it represents to me in this story is revival/rebirth. Before Bras goes to Salvador, he dreams of being on a boat surrounded by water and next to him is a mysterious woman asking him to bring ‘pretty things’. Bras discover endless possibilities from the seas from Iemanja, in a dream they are riding on a boat through rough seas being tossed around with baskets that seem to symbolize his own wishes and desires. This shows how in bras dreams his life’s goals are laid out as he wishes, Bras through his life just like how water flows in and out never knowing where it will end. His dreams tell him time his time is running out, and that he needs to make the most of his chances that he can get. Every dream he has before he is awakening with “wake up before it’s too late.”(203).
In the article, “The Wrong Way to Think about California Water”, by Michael Hiltzik, Hiltzik writes about some people’s perspectives of the water usage in California. I disagree with some of them, but I also agree to some. I relate to one of the perspectives and I will try to stop doing what is wasting water.
Thesis statement (central idea): Access and availability to fresh water are essential to the survival of the human race. Fresh water is a finite source and once it is gone, we have limited options to replenish it, so we must take action to conserve the fresh water we do have especially at home in the United States.
Water is a very important commodity to live. Some people say it’s a right, but others at as if it’s a privilege, and as a result, people lack it. The human body is about sixty percent water, but in what I have seen just in my twenty years of life, people do not drink merely enough of it. Instead, water has been replaced as a go-to drink by things like milk, coffee, pop, or energy drinks, but natural energy lies in water. With water we can be more energized, awake, and of course, hydrated, which all together collaborate to help us flourish, stay healthy, and live long. It’s most of the earth’s surface, too; water’s all around us, but we neglect it and deny its crucial place in our health and humanity.
When referring to Arizona’s water Kris Mayes, chairwoman of the state’s utility regulatory panel once said, “How do you say just how valuable water is in an arid state like Arizona?” she said. “It’s like the credit-card commercial-it’s priceless” (McKinnon). She was right, because in a dry state like Arizona, water is pretty important. To say water is ‘pretty important’ for the world is an understatement. We use water to function. And when we think of water we think of saving it. Keep the faucets from dripping or turn off the water while brushing your teeth. There are numerous tips for water conservation, but people don’t often think of the damage that is already done. Damages like ‘dead zones’. Dead zones in the ocean have been around for
A more integrated solution for water should account for an adequate supply of clean water and that water can be equally accessible worldwide. In addition, the impacts of climate change regarding the quality and quantity of fresh water needs to be factored in. There is uncertainty in what this might look like and who would be best suited as the manager. It is almost certain however, the water policies of today will cause geopolitical conflict in the near future. To clarify, water wars have already begun, but more conflict on a larger scale is likely to happen if policies do not change. Therefore, it is urgent that water policies adjust into a more ethical framework. An important question to ponder is, “Will social change concerning water use come through technological innovation or through cultural and value change, or some combination?” This question is imperative in how one should be constructing their viewpoint for creating a difference in water policy and where one should go from here.
According to Sources A, B, and C, water needs to be financed efficiently, awareness on water sanitation and safety should be spread, and the solution needs to be eco-friendly, in order to not harm Earth in any way during the process. Water scarcity is estimated to affect one in three people on every continent of the globe, and almost one-fifth of the world’s population live in areas where water is physically scarce. This situation is expected to worsen as competing needs for water intensify along with population growth, urbanization, climate change impacts and increases in household and industrial uses. All in all, there needs to be change on the subject of the water crisis, which will decide whether or not our nation can survive in the
As well as describing areas of illogical development and drought, the book discusses major demands put on the country’s water supplies by human needs, and humans’ need to advance – agriculture and energy, the two largest water users in the U.S. Brought up regularly throughout the book is the strain put on water supplies by farmers. The need for long periods of irrigation has seen farmers drill thousands of wells and draw huge volumes of water from rivers since the agricultural revolution. In turn, many aquifers and rivers across the country, such as the Ogallala Aquifer and Colorado Rover, are severely depleted, resulting in myriad environmental and economical repercussions. Inevitably, major water use from one user (agriculture) results in unavailability, or reduced availability to all other users of the same water. Similarly, energy production uses huge quantities of water, and this is perhaps one of Glennon’s main points he wants readers to understand – the relationship between water and energy. Water
In today’s society, the idea of a limited resource is not a foreign concept. Most people understand that eventually humans will use up many of these resources, such as fossil fuels, and they will cease to exist. However, very rarely does a conversation about limited resources get started over the water. While water itself is not a limited resource, clean drinkable water is becoming scarcer as people continue to use excess water. The documentary “Last Call at the Oasis” highlights how precious water is to survival and just how much miss use of water occurs in the United States alone. Even though the United States has gone down the wrong path with its water consumption methods, it may not be too late to recover. With the proper systems and education in place, the chances of delaying a water crisis increase exponentially.
Water is the most important natural source. There has been activism all over the world to attain governed pricing mechanisms and market transactions due to its mobility and centrality to sustenance of human life. The physical, conceptual, and social plasticity aspects of water as a resource create uncertainty with regard to handling and thus posing critical questions in response to use and management.