Rhetorical Analysis: 'The Advantages Of Being Useless'

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Nicholas Jones a Philosophy professor in the University of Alabama in Huntsville gave a talk about liberal arts in the university which he then wrote, edited, and published it as an article “Liberal Arts, The Advantages Of Being Useless” (2012). He published the article on October 2012, Huntsville AL, on academia, so he was probably targeting students, maybe professors, from all over the world. He wanted every student ,those who want/ are pursuing a degree in liberal arts, those who are still choosing what they are going to pursue a degree on, and those who are just interested in reading an academic article, he made it available to anyone who wants to learn something new. Professor Nicholas Jones was teaching philosophy; however, he said that …show more content…
Jones uses a very sarcastic style while delivering his purpose through his article, he also uses logos a lot; logos is the most used mode of persuasion throughout the whole article. And since he teaches philosophy he knew everything about liberal arts, and how people view them. He had all the necessary information to change how people view liberal arts. Moreover, His position as a philosophy professor helped him write an article that appealed to his audience in every way possible. He appealed to his audience’s emotions, logic, and he had credible sources to offer them.
As mentioned before Jones depended on logos heavily in his article. He used it when he stated, “I mean, what jobs are there in the History, or English, or Philosophy, or Sociology?” (2012, p.4); this triggers the audience’s logic. It is a question that makes the reader unconsciously think and most probably answer same as Jones said, “there are teaching jobs, sure” (2012, p.4). He says these sentences in order to sound more logical to his
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Jones knew how to persuade the writer of what he believes in; however, he did not do it by brain washing the reader, or magically putting a spell in the reader, he did it using the three modes of persuasion, ethos, pathos, and logos. In every paragraph you will find at least one of the three. He used them in a very professional way. He also wrote a very organized article that flows smoothly. He used many quotations that support his point of view. I personally enjoyed reading the article; I liked Jones writing style. I liked how he managed to combine the 3 modes of persuasion in good manner that the reader enjoys the article and does not feel like it is a typical an academic, boring article. And I believe that the article was very effective and clear, he managed to deliver and support his idea in a very convincing way. I was one of those people that believe that liberal arts majors have no future or simply do not have a future job as good as other major. I have always believed that whoever pursues a degree in liberal arts would never get a good job that pays well, so why even bother and pursue a degree in liberal arts; however, that article has completely changed my opinion, it convinced me that these majors are very useful in a way that we are kind of blind to. It made me realize that I was superficial about liberal arts. I hope that we will have more academic

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