Blog 14

Szabo, Liz.  “Young melanoma patient regrets indoor tanning”.  USA Today.  JOE419308164411 (

The article talks about a young girl in highschool that tanned alot and ended up with a small cancerous mole that was melanoma.  She talks about knowing how dangerous it is to tan, but could not stop herself.  In my article I would use her example to show the serious dangers that tanning beds hold and how even young women can develop cancer, it doesn’t always take a lifetime of tanning to develop skin cancer.

Hawaleshka, Danylo &Righton, Barbara. “I will be dammed kids want to tan”.  Source:Maclean’s Vol 118 Issue 26 (

This article also explains the dangers of tanning and explains how although the dangers are out there and people know, they still will not stop tanning.  I would use this article for the statistics mainly.  They have many in the article



Blog 13

The issue I chose to write about is should people have to get a licence before becoming a parent? I care about this issue because it bothers me that anyone can become a parent but if you decide to go that route in life why then would you choose to treat your own child badly? It sickens me to read stories of men or women who abuse or harm their children. Some could say they treat their pets better than some parents treat their children. It is such a rising epidemic that I want to write about because it is important that children are treated and cared for the way they should be.

What I do know about this issue is I have read countless articles and have googled many images so it’s an obvious problem and easily found. I need to gather statics, examples, and reasons why people should have to get a licence to have children.

I believe that after reading examples of child abuse and neglect alot of people would agree with considering the idea to have parenting a licenced deal rather than a choice. Harming anyone let alone your own child pulls at the heartstrings of most people, or at least people who have a heart. I think any compassionate person could relate to this topic.

Blog post 10

Looking at the ads in class was interesting. None of the ads we looked at appealed to much to me on a personal level. Ok, maybe the guy on the magazine cover did. I could never afford a truck that nice, although loved the truck. I didn’t prefer the at for cologne nor do I wear it and my dad use to wear it so I would not want my husband to smell like that. I don’t really believe the sensa ad either. Nothing is that simple.

To me interest is what makes something persuasive. If one is not interested in the product it doesn’t matter how good the ad is. Something I could see as persuasive to me could be an ad for Christmas decorations. We are big on decorating the house and yard for the kids.

I was not able to post the article but will bring it to class, not sure why I couldn’t get it to work. I chose an article on healthy eating being a better choice than junk food. It is persuasive by showing the negative effects and positive effects of health by what you eat.

The image I chose is a man and woman in bed and she has a magazine over her face and he’s staring at it and it’s a truck ad, it states “What men really want”. I thought it was funny. It is trying to persuade men into buying a new vechile. Even though the man is laying on a half naked attractive woman he would is thinking about the truck.

Each example is persuading because everyone worries about their health or weight so it is good to see the differences in the choices we make when we eat. The truck ad isn’t that persuasive to me, but I think it is to men. I think the humor in the image is a good way to capture people’s attention.

I think the more effective ad is the vechile ad because it grabs one’s attention better. The article doesn’t have an image, it just states facts about health which many may not bother to even read.

Blog post “The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery”

The thesis statements in this reading were hard for me to find. In the first article I thought “Cosmetic surgery seems to level the playing field. But at what cost?” said what the author was trying to point out. People look at the trends and “norms” of today and try to live up to it’s potential at any cost. Media is not always helpful in making people feel good about themselves, which she brings up.

The comic strip show a lighter side but very true reality. It shows physical apperearance determines your social status. It is true that men are looked at in a greater light if they are strong and well built. The man went from scrawny to buff, giving him a famous stronger power. The realization of going from scrawny to buff in a short time is highly unlikely, but the article makes it’s point.

I thought the last article was mainly about the differences of how men and women have always worried, but men worry so much more. It is refreshing to hear that. Not to make light of that, but why should women be the ones to always worry about looks. I thought this reading was a very good example for our paper. It is making more sense each class period on how to approach this upcoming paper.

Blog post 8 “The Body”

The article by Susan Bordo, “Unbearable Weight” was very interesting. I agree that society makes weight a focus. I agree that the media is much to blame for the way women and young girls view themselves. I find it interesting that the ideal weight early on was a heavier, curvy, build. I know over time it has changed greatly. Seeing model’s now days verses the beautiful women then shows how dramatically weight has shifted over the centuries. The never ending balance that people try to attain with diet and weight is disturbing. In a perfect world people would all realize that it’s not what is on the outside that matters, it is what is on the inside. I am not sure if people will ever understand fully that one’s heart is what is important.

The problems of anexoria and bulima have been around for years. I have never personally known anyone who has had to suffer through these issues. I have seen many shows about it though. The thought of denying your body of food is mind blowing. I also do not understand the bulima issue much. The author describes it well, but I have a hard time with the concept.

Our nation does have an obesity problem. I do remember a time when it did not seem so bad. I would agree with the author about talk shows. I watch those women on Maury bringing there two year olds on and bragging that they let them eat whatever they want. I feel bad for the child. I also agree that seeing so many food ads on the television set or billboards does increase our weight. It does make it harder to choose a salad when staring at a Big Mac picture.

I thought this was a very interesting article. I found it very informative, truthful, and agreed with the majority of how society is.

Rhetorical Situation Blog #4

The image I choose is called the Compass Rose. It was taken December 15, 2011. It is titled “End of the Iraq War-Permanent Devastation.” The image shows an American solider standing infront of a huge amount of thick smoke. The audience viewing the photo can see the uniformed solider holding his weapon. The rubble on the ground shows the image as a destructive image.

The context of the image is war. The photo shows the circumstances of the situation by showing the gloom of the image. It is shown by the colors in the sky and color of the smoke. The solider with his armor and uniform shows the surrounding factors of war. The evidence shows it is war by the uniform and destruction in the photo.

The context of the image can help the audience understand war by showing the size of the smoke. Showing the solider and his gear helps the audience see the seriousness of the situation as well. On the uniform shows the American flag. That helps the audience understand who is at war as well. I know it is easy to understand war just by looking at the picture because of how the picture is taken.

The audience of the image can be anyone. I would guess the audience would be soliders, family’s of soliders, media, and americans and others following the war. Many people can be the audience for this photo. Everyone is affected by war in one way or another. It effects each in their own way.

The audience expectation given in the context is the fact of war. It is shown in a dramatic way. The image shows gloom by the colors used. It also shows the issue of war. A war that has been going on for so many years. The image shows the rubble on the ground to show destruction.

What I learned about rhetorical situation and rhetoric situation is that it is like a triangle. A person has to have purpose, an audience, and context to make the image work. Without one the image would not be seen as intended. I am going to use surrounding factors and circumstances to help get the point of the image along. I think learning about rhetorical situations will help me with this paper