Forum F

Please post your freewrite in which you identified the rhetorical situation of and responded to the infographic as assigned in Freewrite #3.

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6 responses to “Forum F

  1. In the article Tear Down this Wall, Robert A. Di leso, Jr. uses info graphics for the readers of Good Magazine to easily visualize the impact of six wall barriers throughout history that kept people apart.

    In this article in the September/October 2007 Issue of Good Magazine, the author uses visual rhetoric to describe how images persuade and argue. As indicated in the readings it is important to analyze the rhetoric persuasion in terms of the rhetorical triangle (Rhetorical visions, 2). Here is my version rhetorical triangle for this article:

    The Rhetorical function of this article is to stimulate thought of how people were separated by physical barriers. The title of this article, Tear Down this Wall is a famous line by our president Ronald Reagan in 1987 regarding the Berlin Wall. This is what the historical context from which the text emerged. Di leso Jr. uses Aristotle’s three ways of persuading; He uses his own style of presenting the information (ethos), selects an interesting topic that stimulates the mind (pathos) and provides straight-forward information relating to each topic (logos) (Rhetorical Visions, 5). Even though it seems like just a timeline or a history lesson, I believe the deeper meaning of this article is that today we are still using barriers to divide people. The descriptor of the article, We Keep Finding Ways to Keep People Apart, is indicated as Di leso Jr.’s argument and then below it, he supports his argument by using the illustration. This is his message and he keeps it exciting and interesting this way.

  2. In Robert A. Di Leso Jr’s article, Tear Down this Wall, the author created several images that were shown in “Good Magazine” for the audience to easily visualize how six monumental barriers throughout history excluded people from each other.
    Di Leso in this issue of Good Magazine uses “visual rhetoric” in an effort to prove how images can provoke argument and help form opinions. Visual Rhetoric can also persuade an audience one way or another to form a specific reaction or response.
    The readings explained how to further analyze rhetoric by forming a “triangle” with each point representing a certain aspect of visual rhetoric. The top of the triangle represents the Rhetor, and the bottom two points represent the Audience and the text. This is an efficient way to break down visual rhetoric and how it can be interpreted.
    The objective of the images is to inform people of how significant these barriers were in history and how they affected the people surrounding them. Barriers such as the Berlin wall and the Wall Street wall excluded people from their own country. The playful aspect of these images is the use of food to describe the length and height of these walls. By doing this, the visual comes much easier to most audiences and you can really see how immense these structures are. Aristotle’s three ways of persuasion are present in this article. However, Di leso Jr. uses a different style to present the information (ethos), fuel thought through visuals (pathos), and grant easy to read information regarding the given topic (logos.) Di leso Jr justifies his argument by using the illustration to persuade the viewer how people are always finding ways to exclude others in society.

  3. Rhethoric Study
    The article “Tear Down This Wall” written by Robert A. Di leso, Jr. of the website Good.is, in 2007 depicts walls all over the world and explains the tactics being used to block citizens out from the public space. On Good.is, you can find an array of blogs posted anyone including illustrative and pictorial images, which can be found in the “Transparency” section of the site. By using pictures alongside with text, I do believe that it is the most resourceful way of trying to get a point across because it is easier for some to understand an issue if it is illustrated or displayed for them in some creative way. You can see that the author/designer distinctly picked specific walls and also took the extra step by adding in symbolic comparisons such as the amount chopsticks for the Great Wall of China, the amount of tacos for the US/Mexican Border to help develop his argument. But it is also clever to note that he picked these examples because of the stereotypes (specifically food) that fit in with that country, because it is relatable. It could be possible that the viewers of this site are interested in learning about current events and others opinions or spin on them. I do believe the purpose of this article to show how important it is to the designer the issue surrounding blockage and the prevention of letting “invaders” or “immigrants” into their nation.
    I did find this article to be interesting and effective for the most part however it did have some minor faults with its information, for example the year given in the article of when the Berlin Wall went down was actually in 1989 not 1980. I could tell that there seems to be some bias opinions though on the idea behind displaying these walls, mostly in a negative way. He is showing the negatives that come along with having these barriers but not exactly explaining both sides of the argument that is to say, the reason why the walls were built in the first place and the historical context that created these walls. I do believe that is purpose for these walls.

  4. Free Write #3

    On August 15th 2007, Good Magazine came out with an article relating to the way our society is constantly trying to exclude people from certain places in the world. This article is using a bit of comedy (food references) and a light tone to show the reader actual historical events that have happened throughout the world, dealing with the issues of inclusion and exclusion. This article was intended to be read by, knowledgeable citizens who care about our countries standing in the world. Because this article is showing many different examples throughout history the author is assuming his readers will be familiar with these instances and be able to relate to them. I believe the author doesn’t show a strong bias in his article because he does not use any language to show he is in any way emotionally connected to this issue however this helps him seem like a trustworthy author because he shows us so many examples of the same types of situations. However the idea of having barrier walls is negative and therefor is showing a small bias against excluding people from a certain area. This not only helps him seem trustworthy but also helps to prove his overall point. He proves his point by showing diagrams of historical events where there were examples of exclusion and then takes his own ideas and concepts and creates diagrams such as the “Wall street Wall”. This helps to prove his point because he is showing examples that actually took place and then mixing in his ideas of where real exclusion is taking place in America today. I think he does a good job of keeping this article light and easy to read.

  5. This article, “Tear Down This Wall,” by commercial artist Robert A. Di Ieso, Jr. was published on September 2007 and compares walls that have divided cultures throughout history to the proposed US/Mexico wall in effort to close the gap in between our countries.

    Di Ieso’s article lists six walls throughout history that have divided different cultures from each other. He provides similar information about each wall (location, date, materials, reason, etc.), imitates the wall’s appearance, and demonstrates the walls’ lengths with cultural dining objects. The walls depicted were erected over pretty serious conflicts, the walls being: the Great Wall of China, Hadrian’s Wall, the Wall Street Wall, the Berlin Wall, Israeli Gaza Strip and West Bank Barriers, and the United States/Mexico Wall. The rhetor, Di Ieso, is an artist in Brooklyn who creates art regularly for established publications such as The New York Times. Therefore, he is someone who is used to stating his opinion on social/political issues. The audience of this image is the readers of Good Magazine. The magazine is “for people who give a damn” about being “good.” That may include participating in community service, treating all equally, conducting business morally, etc. Thus, the people who read this magazine are either “do-gooders” or are interested to read what a magazine for “do-gooders” has to share. The graphic is a neat, organized chart of the mentioned walls and sends a message about immigration in 2007.

    In August of 2007, US President George W. Bush, Mexican President Felipe Felipe Calderón, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met to discuss economic and security issues. There had been worry because Mexicans were immigrating into US territory to live without paying taxes. Also in the same month, Mexican authorities deported hundreds of illegal immigrants in Chiapas. Obviously, illegal immigration was a large issue around this time.
    This graphic compares the proposed wall between the US and Mexico to the walls erected to protect China from the invading Mongolians, England from Scottish Tribes, and Israel from the angry Palestinians. These historical walls were built in situations of extreme need of protection from war; because the US/Mexico wall is in the same chart, Di Ieso is making a statement that we are putting this wall up like all these other countries did, except no one is attacking us. The article’s title, “Tear Down This Wall” is Di Ieso’s cry to eliminate exclusion like in the conflicts of the past. The tagline of the article, “We Keep Finding Ways to Pull People Apart,” emphasizes his message further and suggests that we should find happiness together despite our cultural differences.

  6. Freewrite #3, May 11, 2010.

    In this article,” Tear Down This Wall”by artist Robert A. Di Ieso, Jr. was published in September 2007. The article was written to let people see what has happened through the years when their where walls that divided other countries, like the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, the Hadrian’s Wall, the Isreali Gaza strip and theWest Bank Barriers were all built to stop invasion of other countries. This article was written in Good Magazine to show how people are being or have been excluded in some countries. Most of these walls wre built to seperate people from invasions, but most of the Mexicans just want to come over to get a better job to take care of their families. The United States did not stop the arabs from coming over or the europeans or Jews. Everyone has came to America for a better life except African-Americans we were brought here so we didn’t have a choice.

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