Unabomber: Rhetorical Analysis

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As a reader of the essay “Diagnosis of Our Times” I observed a lot of key points that can cause an audience to sit back and ponder to themselves how a man could be so angry with the progress of technology. This man was Ted Kaczynski otherwise known as the Unabomber Manifesto. He wrote the essay to explain his beliefs on the “Industrial Revolution” and proclaims that we as humans are allowing technology to literally take over our lives and our society. Now known as a famous terrorist, Kaczynski went on a rampage and created numerous amounts of bombs killing 3 Americans and injuring many innocent people. Yet the word bomb raises a question. Isn’t technology used to create bombs? This leads to my argument of why I feel Kaczynski’s essay may be just a bit inaccurate. Kaczynski’s use of technology to create these bombs completely contradicts his point of the Industrial Revolution being a disaster for the human race. According to an interview with Kaczynski on primitivism.com, it was stated that he developed a negative attitude toward the techno-industrial system very early in his life. It was in 1962, during his last year at Harvard he explained, when he began feeling a sense of disillusionment with the system. When asked why he became against technology his answer was, “Why do you think? It reduces people to gears in a machine, it takes away our autonomy and our freedom." Yet his argument seems to be questionable based on the fact that the proclaimed terrorist created over 20 bombs to get not only his point across but to also get the attention New York Times to publish his essay. For someone who feels technology has become such havoc in our everyday lives, he surely knows how to get his point across in various ways. With the use of pathos and logos, Kaczynski’s picks 3 points (The Power Process, Surrogate Activities and The Nature of Freedom) to explain his
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