Good Ethos: Honesty Or Trustful?

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Throughout our lifetime, many people strive to be respected and honored in their own rights within their social class and their society. Therefore, in order to be respected one must be respectful, credible, trustworthy as well as honest. Hence, these traits form the core principal of what is known as good ethos. Ethos, clarified and explained by a famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle; is one of the vital elements of communication and speaking. Thus, one of the essential purposes of ethos is to persuade an individual or a group into agreeing, believing or setting a certain objective to be fulfilled using persuasion as the main component. Thus, ethos can be used both for acceptable or destructive purposes depending on the speaker and the speaker …show more content…
As ethos has various meanings, although the main and the standout is honesty as well as credibility, so it is important to acquire the necessary skills. Hence, in order to build trust and authority, the speaker must show its intent as well as fair-mindedness. Moreover, as stated in the article " The Daily show has emerged as a source what its viewing audience trust. It has developed credibility..."(Jonathan and Trischa 4). Thus, this quotation demonstrates that how with good ethos, the audience has its trust in Jon Stewarts "The Daily Show". As Jon Stewart displays good ethos toward his audience, such as trustworthiness, depth of knowledge as well as creativity. Thus it is seen as credible, even though it may be a hybrid of news and entertainment. With gaining such popularity, respect and trust many news casts now criticize Jon Stewarts daily show for being a "comedy" rather than a report. However, with the knowledge, facts and information he offers, the audience cannot help but to see the true reality as well as sometimes the brutal honesty he offers on his show. With that being said, it is thought that with those core elements of good ethos, he will attract the maintain the trust and attention of his audience. Furthermore, in the article it is stated that " Conversely however, the commercialized spectacle of …show more content…
With Fox news being one of the main standout news broadcasters throughout the country and the world; however, they try to persuade and manipulate their audience into their perspective of "the real" news. Hence, this is one of the best examples of a bad ethos and how ethos can be used in various different ways. Ethos, a Greek word explained and demonstrated by a Greek philosopher Aristotle, means to show credibility and honesty within ones work or argument. Thus, with the examples "The O 'Reilly Factor", as well as "The Arete Of Amusement...", it is shown how ethos can effect ones perspective as well as the audience. In the example of "The O 'Reilly Factor" , Bill O 'Reilly tries to cut off Jeremy Glick and argue against his opinions. However, with Jeremy Glick showing good ethos as well as information, facts and common sense, he soon begins to bring attention to the audience on how Bill O 'Reilly does not approve of him even thought he is credible. Hence, this leads to O 'Reilly stating "Shut up" various amount of times throughout the interview. Thus, this presents how Bill O 'Reilly is not credible, honest and does not have good information or facts to back up his argument, which leaves him without a choice but to cancel the show earlier. Moreover, this shows Fox news is biased and only

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