The Ted Talk that we were required to view discussed the ability to connect across a global network. The speaker, Michael Wesch, talks about the new and innovative mediums of connection that people use every day. He discusses the speed at which information can travel from all around the world and how viral videos and websites are formed on an everyday basis. He brings up different examples, ranging from Dove commercials, to YouTube videos, to videos that he made himself, all of which became extremely popular due to the power of the internet and the power of videos.
Ted Talks are really cool because they often present new and innovative ideas in interesting ways. I think that Wesch used the stage to his advantage, for example, and that his presentation was much more powerful as a video rather than an article. Articles can often be dry and difficult to understand. When an author writes an article or even a novel, his rhetoric is one of the most important ideas to understand. He must appeal to his audience using word choice in order to express his purpose of writing the. With presentations, there is a lot more leniency. For example, a presenter can use body language and diction to accentuate certain ideas or points. Furthermore, in Wesch’s talk, he was able to give visual examples such as displaying videos he menstions to his audience to further support his presentation on the topic of global connection . These videos are much easier to grasp than examples described in articles because it is easier to see something for yourself rather than be only told about it in detail.
I think the answer to the question as to whether the two types of mediums are equally credible lies in the topic of discussion. For example, if I wanted to learn about global connection and how videos are becoming a more and more popular form of communication, then I would prefer to watch a Ted Talk on the subject because I know that through that medium, I would be able to visualize the concept much easier with examples and certain phrases. If I was learning about economics or political agendas of administrations, I think I would still prefer to read articles about it (from an unbiased source). I think that this way I can form my own opinions about it easier and since I am just reading about facts, I can take in the information as it is. There is no conceptualizing for me to learn, so there wouldn’t need to be any sort of visual.
Wesch powerfully uses his presentation as a stronghold to prove that rhetorical tools are extremely powerful through visual displays. He uses visual aid to support his claims and help his audience further understand his topic. He uses diction and tone to allow his audience to stay interested and not get bored. Wesch’s presentation overall shows that rhetoric is overall much more adaptable through presentations rather than articles or novels.