Be able to run 2 5k’s and the race will feel like a breeze! Week Five….take a break!

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ONE FORTY PLUS: If you want to be truly intimidating, If you want to make an...


If you want to be truly intimidating,

If you want to make an impact,

If you want to have strong connections with others

just be sincere.

Sarcasm is not an attitude, and it’s not a personality trait. It’s a style of rhetoric meant to be used occasionally to highlight a larger point. Saying…

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I didn’t really catch on to the rhetorical argument in the video. The premise of the video was obvious: as our society modernizes, you can and will be replaced by automation, as machines are more cost effective and efficient. And honestly, how much sense did it make to have a band playing in a factory? Buy a radio…


Tampax tampons were introduced and marketed starting in 1936. Over time, the Tampax brand has used several different strategies to market a product that makes women and men alike uncomfortable. Through logical and emotional appeals, as well as the use of celebrity spokeswomen, Tampax has managed to stay in business for over 75 years.

Finley, Harry. “Tampax Ad, “Are You Sure I’ll Still Be a Virgin?”” Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health. 1998. Web. 06 Nov. 2011. <>.


This ad was found in a magazine in February 1990. The ad addresses what Tampax believed to be a major concern to unmarried women of that time.


Finley, Harry. “Susan Dey at the Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health.” Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health. 1999. Web. 06 Nov. 2011. <>.


This is a 1970s newspaper ad for Tampax tampons. The ad features Susan Dey, a teenage model and actress in The Partridge Family. The main premise of the ad is that Tampax tampons are used by women all over the world, even celebrities.



Kowalski, Sarah. “A History of Tampons.” Swarthmore College Computer Society. Jan. 2000. Web. 06 Nov. 2011. <>.


This website chronicles the history of tampons in American society.


Tampax Pearl Compact Commercial - YouTube. YouTube. 30 Apr. 2010. Web. 06 Nov. 2011. <>.


This is a television commercial from 2010 for Tampax Pearl tampons. The commercial portrays tampons as a convenient way to outsmart Mother Nature when she comes bearing her monthly gift.



"Tampax Commercial, 1980s." Web log post. Scribas. 09 Aug. 2011. Web. 06 Nov. 2011. <>.


This is a television commercial from the 1980s for Tampax. The commercial portrays tampons as “cleaner,” “more comfortable,” and that they’ll change the way women feel about their period. Featuring Courtney Cox.


I think the relationship between us and “the machine” is symbiotic. We input a lot into it, but we also take a lot out of it. “The Machine” gives much, but also takes much. I guess another way to think about it is: humans contribute to “the machine,” which simply takes what we give it and organizes it. When you think about it, people give and people take. Therefore, we are not taking from “the machine,” but from other people. We’re not so much being using or being used by “the machine,” but using and being used by other people.


Before writing my review, I had read some of the reviews others had written about places that I frequent. To me, the tone of each review was clear and concise. The people who use sites such as Yelp to make decisions about which businesses they will use want only the pertinent information in the shortest form possible. I wrote my review about one of my favorite places to eat, Gosh! Asian Bistro. As a consumer, I would want to know a few things before deciding whether or not to try it. Is it clean? How fast/friendly is the service? Where is it located? Can I bring my family or is it a more formal atmosphere? How is the food? Have people gotten sick after eating it? What makes this place different from others? People don’t want a lot of fluff – they want to know the facts and be done with it.


In this day and age, rhetorical arguments can come in various different forms. Orators can argue their point via written text, audio, video, or animation. Documentaries are one of the best ways to educate people and help them to see a different, more favorable perspective (often the perspective the orator is arguing for).  In his documentary, Sicko, Michael Moore puts on display the shortcomings of the American healthcare system. He is skilled in using logos, ethos, and pathos to sway people to see the system from his point of view. 

Fitzsimmons, Stephen J., and Hobart G. Osburn. “The Impact of Social Issues and Public Affairs Television Documentaries.” The Public Opinion Quarterly 32.3 (1968): 379-97. Oxford University Press, 10 May 2011. Web. 5 Oct. 2011. <>.

This article presents the findings of a study on how television news documentaries affect the knowledge level of the viewer and the viewer’s attitude toward the issue. The study also examined how viewing documentaries can change the viewer’s behaviors.


Aufderheide, Patricia. “The Camera as Conscience: How Social Issues Inspire Moving Documentaries.” The Chronicle of Higher Education (1998): B7. LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions. Blue Line Distributing, 21 Jan. 1999. Web. 5 Oct. 2011. < verb=sr&csi=171267&sr=BYLINE(Patricia)%2Bw%2F3%2BAufderheide)%2BAND%2BHLEAD(The+Camera+as+Conscience%3A+How+Social+Issues+Inspire+Moving+Documentaries)%2BAND%2BDATE%2BIS%2B1998>.

The article chronicles the rise of documentaries from the 1960s to today. Documentaries are responsible for shaping the public narrative of major issues. The article comments on some of the techniques used to captivate the audience.


Whether a believer or not, the Holy Bible is one of the greatest stories ever written. As literature, I see it as a work of art, and it is one whose original intent has been partially lost over the course of history. The Old Testament sets the stage for the coming of the Messiah, and its stories were an oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation, until the time came when it was put into written form. The New Testament chronicles the journey of Christ, and contains prophecy of what is to come. The original intent of the Holy Bible was to teach, as many lessons can be derived from almost every piece of scripture. 

Now, the Bible has been picked apart by scholars of every denomination, and the original meaning behind those stories has been shaped to fit the beliefs of those individual denominations. In many instances, biblical lessons are taken out of context or misconstrued in some way to fit a perspective which a certain denomination believes to be correct. Everyone believes that their interpretation is right, and as a result, we will never know how these lessons were really meant to be perceived.


The main premise of this short animated film by Run Wake is that if you become obsessed with material gain, your possessions will become your idol. You will become a slave to that idol, and will go to any lengths to gain material possessions (even if it means causing harm to others). Ultimately, this greed will backfire and you will die a terrible death in a writhing sea of bugs.

I think it is rhetorical in a kairotic sense. Material gain is a major issue in our society at the present time and someone needs to speak out against it. Watching this animation caused me to step back and think about what I value in my life, and what lengths I’m willing to go to in order to gain. I think it would have the same impact on others as it had on me. It’s bizarre. It pulls people in and makes them think.