“…bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.” The distinction between bullshit and a lie is at times very clear, but it also can be hard to identify. Bullshit is not a lie, and a lie is not bullshit, even though both are considered to be deceitful and insincere. Harry Frankfurt wrote his essay entitled “On Bullshit”, and through reading and analyzing his writing, his position on which is problematic (lying or bullshitting) becomes clear. Near the end of his essay, Frankfurt states, “Thus the production of bullshit is stimulated whenever a person’s obligations or opportunities to speak about some topic are more extensive than his knowledge of the facts that are relevant to that topic” (Frankfurt, On Bullshit, 99). Bullshit is a double-deceit towards a person, because you are hiding the fact that you do not know the information about a topic, and you are spouting out information which you are not 100% sure of, and claiming as if you know enough to hold a conversation.
Some people from the older generations may look down on web-based communication, and disagree with it. This may be because people that use it do not speak standard English, and this may be hard for the older generations to understand. Whereas is spoken conversation, which some older generations normally prefer people tend to speak standard English, and not use or use as many abbreviations, acronyms, or other non-standard English terms. There happen to be many similarities between web-based communication, and spoken conversation, one of which is in both ways of communicating taking it in turns to speak, or say something is still expected. An online example of this is…
When I look on the menu, the way they have their food displayed is great. Every time I order something, I get something that does not look like what I saw on the menu. I know that my food is not going to look exactly like the menu, but let it look at least something like the menu. When you get food that looks totally different from what you saw and the waiter is trying to convince you that it is the same order, then it is a problem. All I am saying is let the presentation on the menu look somewhat like the food that they are serving you.
Jargon, slang and use of acronyms – these forms of language only make sense to people with specialist knowledge. A person who doesn’t have this specialist knowledge won’t understand the message. Dialect – people who speak English using a regional dialect (for example Glaswegian or Liverpudlian) pronounce words in different ways. Distress, emotional difficulties and health problems – some conditions,
Unit 4 Assignment 1: Power and Communication It is becoming more and more important that we as a people need to learn how to effectively communication with each other. While there are many ways to say the same thing in English (American English), there is too much slang and with how we now communication because social media. We find ourselves faced with a form of discrimination that is for the most part overlooked. Nonverbal and verbal discrimination. What is language discrimination?
(248). Diamond points out in this quote the potential alienation that arises when a language retains its esoteric elements that would drive potential students of the language away. Therefore, multilingual literacy is seen as a valuable skill in understanding and communicating between borders and civilizations. One source with a point of view striving for multiculturalism is the website languagemagazine.com. Not only does the website offer resources for those that might wish to study a foreign language, they offer articles giving points of view on how closing the gaps between people through
My texts both discuss grammar, but they are different because they have conflicting opinions on their definition of proper grammar. These definitions of the role that grammatical roles play in good writing differ because the rhetors of each text are targeting different audiences with different exigences. Audience The audiences that are targeted in these two texts are very different; the article “Why you need good grammar” by Michael Kwan is targeted towards a more traditional and conservative audience because throughout the text he emphasizes that proper grammar is necessary in all situations, and shows his repugnance to modern day bloggers and internet users for not using correct grammar on the web. Kwan also writes that he thinks that all the new ways of communicating and sharing your opinion through the web and other new technology is ruining grammar, and stresses that we should go back to traditional proper grammar. The cartoon in the Wall Street Journal is targeted towards a younger, open-minded, and more liberal audience as it shows a picture of modern day rock and roll
P A R T I V Communicate Your Ideas ome students will be surprised to find the subject of communication included in a book on thinking because they assume that the two subjects are unrelated. In reality, they are closely related. To begin with, expressing ideas clari- fies them. As Mortimer Adler, an American philosopher, explains: “Thinking tends to express itself in words, spoken or written. The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.”* In addition, the kinds of ideas we are concerned with in this book—solutions to problems and issues—are most meaningful when they are communicated to other people.
“Is talk Cheap” “Don’t believe everything you hear of read”, a common quote to help us pick truth out of information. Information is available to us in many forms, like television, internet, radio, newspapers, books and so on. But before accepting certain types of information we are constantly bombarded with, it comes down to the individuals’ beliefs and perception of processing that information. Humans like to be right, the feeling of being right, so anything that is in likeness to their beliefs distort factual thinking. Some humans don’t like to think thoroughly and the brain snaps to the more suggestive decision making process…information more suited to our liking.
Nicole Brouwer 2nd hour Honors English Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover “The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.” -Arthur Schopenhauer Stereotyping, superstitions, and being prejudice are all components that lead to misjudging others. Many myths have been associated with different ethnic groups, and it leads to ethnic segregation. An understanding about other cultures may help decrease the negativity and overcomes prejudice. What does being prejudice mean? Why do societies leap at the chance to judge others?