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