Ethos, Pathos, And Logos

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Bleh, locking down a clear understanding of ethos, pathos, and logos took a significant amount of time and research. Being able to apply this concept to a paper I found to be even more difficult especially in clarifying ethos and logos. In my mind, I over simplified the two concepts to ethos equaling credibility and logos to mean the accuracy of the information, but in my research, this was not always the case. In a basic Google search of rhetoric and web design, many sources stated that logos was the layout and ease of use of a website. The ethos, on the other hand, was how "professional" the website looked. A long lesson, in a nutshell, do not oversimplify definitions then try to elaborate on that. That was on one of my shortcomings in this …show more content…
My balance of research and brainstorming is in a good place and my to-do list is coming together but I 'm still biting off more than I can chew. I stop seeing the mistakes in my papers after an hour of work, but when I come back I 'm slapping my forehead wondering where my train of thought was going. Locking down my understanding of the rhetoric has replaced the "angle" as my new halleluiah in writing. It improved my to-do list of criteria to check on when I write and its leaked into how I review and argue about movies, TV shows, and YouTube videos. Knowing what a good balance of ethos, pathos, and logos looks like not only helped me in arguments but made logical fallacies more apparent such as appeal to …show more content…
Essay outlines are more like a map of topics than a hodge-podge grocery list of things that I want to mention in my paper. I still use quite a bit of thought verbs (feels, thinks, knows, etc) in my writing over doing a full "show, don 't tell", but that is slowly but surely getting better with each rough draft. I have a mini journal to write down funny things I hear during the day from patients for inspiration. A good one from the other day that made my thankful I saved the journal was a tad bit from an older lady back from vacation who mentions the weather was so nice it felt like God was hanging out there that day. I still want to pull my hair out, probably my permanent state of mind... Amy Poehler 's book does such a good job capturing that. Writing isn 't romantic, it 's sometimes fun... mostly

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