Saturday, February 20, 2010

Argument: Dave Matthew's described the song itself as a worship of women. The music video puts forth a presentation of art, in a somewhat dream-like manner, reminiscent of the line from the song "in a boys dream." To put it into an enthymeme: The love of women is art because love is a beautiful thing, and anything beautiful is art."

Audience: The audience immediately is anyone has enjoyed the song and wants to enrich their experience with it further. The group with which it will be most powerful is going to be males, because they can relate to the emotions the song expresses and are further shown by the video.

How: The argument is both logically and emotionally demonstrated. Because it is an argument about emotion, that aspect is more heavily prevalent. The logic of the argument is created by showing the beauty of the world in which the band and the dancing women are in. One sees the beauty and sees an artistic aura about them. This creates a logical syllogism that because they are beautiful, and their setting is beautiful, it must art.
The emotion the images evoke is what really solidifies the argument. As we watch these nymph-like women dance in the forest, we feel a pull towards their beauty in a mythical sort of way. The mythical theme continues in the depictions of the band members. They are juxtaposed into nature, and by so being, they appear as artists and creators, and for the sake of the argument, they are artist of love.
Also adding to the emotion is the dream-like qualities of the video. One can't help but feel a desire to be part of this ideal, dreamy world, where the line between reality and art is blurred.
I believe that the argument gives sufficient support in its presentation. The images are powerful and fully evoke emotion from the audience.

Effectiveness: I believe the video is effective in demonstrating the art of love. The audience feels the emotions the band, as artists, want them to as they see the appealing beauty of the scenes of the video. As a side note, i saw DMB in concert over the summer, and when they played this song, they had scenes form the video playing behind them. It greatly added to the performance and made it more memorable.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

source for paper a

A source i am using for my persuasive paper about terminal sedation is an article from the New York Times call Months to Live Hard Choice for a Comfortable Death. The article shows examples from actual situations in which terminal sedation was used in the passing of a patient and discusses how the process was for the family of the patient. The article can be found at

The argument of the paper tends to more pro sedation. The article does show both sides of the issue, but it paints the situation in a positive light, showing how it is beneficial to the patient suffering.

The audience for the article is specifically those who would be affected by terminal sedation, as those are the ones most interested in the topic. The broadness of the article allows it to be accessible however to anyone reading the paper and stumbling upon the article.

The argument is presented with emotional appeals as the true life stories of those affected by terminal sedation are shared. These are tender times for the loved ones of the dying, and the article is sensitive to that. There is also logical arguments presented ass doctors are interviewed and discuss the ethical aspects of the situation.

Effectiveness: I believe the article is effective in opening up information about the subject and portraying it in a positive light. The research and interviews are extensive, and the information is presented in an appealing fashion.