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Assignment part 1

I.

Genre 1: Source documentation


http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/13/health/are-we-ready-for-global-outbreak/index.html
1. Rhetorical Situation: Audience and Purpose
a) Who are the intended audience(s) and discourse community (ies)?
The audience for this article is people who are interested in reading the worldwide
subject of Ebola and aspires to be updated strongly. The genre explains how Ebola is
accomplishing its way through overseas countries from its origin, as known as the
United States. Anyone who desires to be prepared for the worst case scenario is well
suited for this article and will become part of the discourse community interested in
the subject.
b) What does the audience already know and what do they want to know?
The audience is informed about the dangerous and influential disease that is most
common out of seas. By wanting to know more about the path Ebola is dangerously
achieving, they grow self-awareness towards the subject.
c) How much time will the audience spend with each genre?
This particular genre can be characterized as informative, thus the person being
updated will spend as much time required for satisfaction towards the subject. This
can be averaged to twenty to twenty five minutes depending on the attention given.
d) What is the purpose (inform, persuade and/or entertain)?
The purpose of this article is to inform the audience to be aware of what is coming up.
It also persuades the audience to have a planning and preparation strategy for when
the worst occurs. It primarily does not function to entertain, but it can derive to it
depending on an individuals interests.
e) How formal/informal is the language and what affect does this have on the audience
and/or purpose?
The language is formal and prudent, creating a believable message for the reader.
f) What specialized vocabulary is used and what does this tell you about the intended
audience?
The vocabulary is generalized for anyone to be part of that discourse community and
to understand fully the subject of matter. It might use some advanced terms, but those
will not prevent anyone from understanding the reading.
g) What other language features do you notice (text, type, font, color, visuals, etc.)?

Throughout the whole genre, the font is slightly varied. This can avoid distractions
and confusions. It only has one visual, which can affect the genre by not being
graphic enough.
2. Rhetorical Issues: Ethos, Pathos and Logos
a) How does this genre establish (or attempt to establish) its credibility with the audience?
The article starts by creating a sense of trustworthiness within the audience. It provides
relevant information that can be easily deduced as correct and that is relevant to the
subject.
b) What emotions is the genre attempting to evoke from its audience?
The genre is attempting to evoke a sense of preoccupation into the audience due to the
seriousness of the subject. It also attempts to give a sense of regret and guilt by invoking
blame for individuals ignorance to the subject.
c) What types of evidence are used to support claims? Is it valid/reliable? If there is no
evidence, what is used to help support the information presented and is it effective?
This article relies mostly on facts. With these facts the genre can approach reliability even
from the beginning by approaching the audiences trust.
3. Structure and Delivery
a) How is the information organized to convey its message?
The information is organized by titles, subtitles and vast content that is fully relevant to
the topic.
b) Are there limitations placed on the information because of the genre? Does it have more
freedom to express what it needs to because of the genre?
There is a limited sense of mood because of the genre. When it comes to writing, the
quality of feelings a person can get incomplete. With a video and/or audio it is easier to
approach the audiences feelings and a deeper message.
c) How does the structure facilitate its purpose?
The source, as an organization, has fervent credibility. With only knowing that the article
comes from there it is easy to establish automatic credibility.

II.

Genre2:WebVideo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Xu4kipadM

1. Rhetorical Situation: Audience and Purpose


a) Who are the intended audience(s) and discourse community(ies)?
The intended audience is people who strongly believe in the subject and are willing to
support the matter. This genre blames certain parties for being the cause of Ebola
spreading and also not doing anything about it.
b) What does the audience already know and what do they want to know?
The audience already has a foundation about the subject since it is a must in order to get
involved in the subject. It is rare that the audience will automatically be interested
without any knowledge beforehand since it requires a deep understanding of the
subject. When looking at the title, the audience wants to be updated about what is
happening and what actions are being taken for Ebola to be prevented or diminished in
the US.
c) How much time will the audience spend with each genre?
The audience, since will probably show a colossal amount of interest, will spend
probably a little more than the time the video lasts. An extra amount of time will be
spent on reviewing comments, replaying scenes and dialogs, and analyzing.
d) What is the purpose (inform, persuade and/or entertain)?
The purpose of the webcast is to persuade and warn people about how Ebola is
approaching the United States and almost no action is being taken.
e) How formal/informal is the language and what affect does this have on the audience
and/or purpose?
The language is informal enough to approach the audience casually and obtain its trust.
f)What specialized vocabulary is used and what does this tell you about the intended
audience?
The vocabulary occasionally shows hatred towards American government and the
president of the United States. No difficult words are being used since it is an informal
video.
g) What other language features do you notice (text, type, font, color, visuals, etc.)?
The video has complete language features including has visuals, sound effects, big
fonts, and images.

2. Rhetorical Issues: Ethos, Pathos and Logos


a) How does this genre establish (or attempt to establish) its credibility with the
audience?
The genre establishes credibility by creating a strong connection with the audience and
giving congruent facts.
b) What emotions is the genre attempting to evoke from its audience?
The genre is attempting to evoke rage to the viewers. By blaming other people and
persuading the people to choose the videos perspective, it gets their audiences
approval and consent of ideals.
c) What types of evidence are used to support claims? Is it valid/reliable? If there is no
evidence, what is used to help support the information presented and is it effective?
The video acknowledges facts and uses them in its favor to support claims. The
evidence is very clear and completes purpose.
3. Structure and Delivery
a) How is the information organized to convey its message?
The video starts with an introduction, a central message and a conclusion. With this, it
manages to keep control of their arguments with organization and a good structure.
b) Are there limitations placed on the information because of the genre? Does it have
more freedom to express what it needs to because of the genre?
The benefit of this being a visual genre, it is that it is unlimited when it comes to
expression. It can contain as much visuals, texts, and effects to express and accomplish
its purpose without mixing up information.
c) How does the structure facilitate its purpose?
The structure of the video projects both credibility and confidence. With these two
factors the mission of the genre can be more feasible to accomplish.

Assignment part 2
The audience for genre 1 and genre 2 both express a craving for the subject of Ebola
spreading in the United States, but they differ on the reason of why they want to obtain that give

the knowledge to the audience. The audience for genre 1 represents people who want to stay
informed and updated on the subject, while that from genre 2 wishes to support the cause more
than anything. Both genres are effective when it comes to reaching their audience with different
purposes and ideas to convey.
Genre 1 and genre 2 both try to administer a viable representation of ethos, pathos and
logos. Still, genre 1 has a lot more credibility with its formality and seriousness. Just by looking
at the name of the company who owns genre 1 is easy to infer that the credibility is strong. It
provides a more complete set of facts and stronger ideas that makes genre 1 the most reliable.
Genre 2 is more prominent and tries to enforce credibility instead of gaining it. The logos of both
genres are at a respectable level while their pathos are unbalanced when the juxtaposed.
The structure and delivery from both genre 1 and genre 2 were extremely different. As
stated before, genre 1 focuses on formality while genre 2 is more casual. Genre 1 had a correct
way of structuring its information and purpose, making it more worthwhile and trustable for the
subject. Genre 2 did not aim for a good structure but did accomplish a good delivery of message.
Even though genre 2 dismissed to provide a reputable structure, it did not fail to complete its
mission genre 1 did.