Rhetorical Analysis: The Scale That Locked The Fridge

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The Scale that Locked the Fridge The article that captured my interest the most is “Remote Control” by Dave Barry. His dominating style of refutation in tandem with humor provides a solid yet pleasing argument that sways his audience and grabs the attention of those reading. Dave Barry wrote the Humor Column for roughly 150 newspapers, wrote some books, and was on television as well. His audience was typically those of adults and whoever reads the newspaper and keeps up with his books: not typically geared towards teens and those that are younger. The main concentration of Dave Barry’s writing style is his humor, diction, and refutation. Dave Barry is known to be one to use humor as a means of relation to his audience. His constant mocking…show more content…
Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Cady Stanton did a fantastic job in each of their pieces however some words can lose the readers in the process and take their minds from understanding the point to trying to figure out what a certain word means, and with that you can lose attention from the audience. Although it was acceptable back then because the norms for speaking and vocabulary were much higher than they are now, Barry is just relating to today’s average vocabulary. His style is centered on being informal and conversational. He is able to inform his audience of the fallacies of his kitchen and living room appliances and talk to them like they’re human, rather than talking at them as if he was giving a lecture. People don’t have that long of an attention span. Dave Barry’s style is ability to capture the attention of almost anyone who reads his article. He also displays his ability to mock. He mocks the modern technology and its pending advances by discussing his problematic areas: remote controls, phones, and kitchen appliances. His tone makes this piece more believable for the audience due to his negative, exasperated demeanor. He speaks of sheer experience, not just based on fact. The audience buys into his troubles at home with the technology because he gives examples and reasons behind it. If he were to have done research on the issue and then presented his case, then it would not…show more content…
It brings all of his techniques together and forms a valid argument. To refute is to prove a theory or statement to be wrong or false. He is attempting to prove that certain advances in technology are unnecessary. He continues to explain that we’re fine with where we stand in the present. That before we know it our appliances will be smarter than us one day and that’s not how man intended life to be; humans are supposed to be on top. Not being able to use today’s technology rings in Barry’s purpose. Technology has gone wild and he makes it very clear with several examples. His ability to discredit these technologic advances brings credit to his point. One can always refute anything they’d like, but to be effective, one needs to have appropriate facts for back-up and a dominating style that brings it all together. Dave Barry has done a great job tying his hyperboles and humor to appease the audience. His constant joking and exaggeration kept the audience content and involved in the writing. His diction level being informal keeps the audience up to date with Barry’s latest issues and lets them relate to it with the visual types and personification that he presents throughout it. Together, they reflected his purpose and brought about a negative, mocking tone to the piece and displayed to the free world that kitchen appliances and remote controls may be too complex someday, if they aren’t

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