Blog Post 18: Reflection on Advertisements

There are definitely some significant differences when comparing political campaign ads versus commercials trying to sell you a product or idea. But then again, they have similar features as well. Political ads that are used to oppress other politicians or campaigners usually have some kind of derogatory slander. Not saying that that’s the rule, but it’s just an aggressive form of advertising. When trying to sell a product or idea, more theatrical and tutorial based elements are used to grab your attention and influence you to buy a product. In older political ads and new ones as well, the ads are essentially making the candidate seem like a spectacular individual in order for you to vote for them. This is common fact but it’s just a difference between figuratively selling a person and selling an item. I’ve had to focus more on the person and background evidence for the political ad I’m doing versus on the previous ads I did that were based on cosmopolitan products with plot lines and fancy angles and lighting to capture your attention. I’d say it was easier to write about those ads versus this political ad, but I’m searching for different elements now like red herrings and such. It’s just a different approach overall.

For Class Participation

3. Why does reflective writing help a student learn and develop as a better writer? How does it work?

Reflective writing brings to the writer’s eyes what he or she is truly writing. The writer will ask him or herself questions like “how has this affected me?” or “what could I have done different?” in order to clear up some possible issues in their writing. A writer will describe what they’re writing and then put their own personal meaning behind it. Once a writer has written something, they will often look back on it to find some sort of error in it or some way to improve it by reflecting on their own finished product. It helps a student develop into a better writer because a student will take a second look at what they have written instead of just hitting submit and blindly going along with their day. With reflective writing they can just analyze their words one last time to see if they could have reworded anything or added certain points to another side of an argument.

Blog Post 17: Thesis, Outline, Body

Within this ad, political candidate Ronald Reagan uses pathos laden images like the massive group of people waiting for the train with Reagan on it, fallacious arguments such as the red herring being that the phrase “Leadership that’s working” without any visual proof, as well as desperate appeals to kairos in the “Train” ad to convey the idea that he does not deserve my vote; this is especially because he does not provide enough evidence of his good works aside from basic facts that times are on the rise.

 

  1. Intro with thesis
  2. Summary and minor details of the ad, laden images
  3. Red herring of “Leadership that’s working”
  4. Kairos of the ad, segued from the red herring
  5. Facts about why the country is improving (why did the country stop working)
  6. How this affects the people’s influence
  7. Closing

 

The red herring behind the whole commercial is primarily at the end of the campaign ad. The phrase, “Leadership that’s working,” crosses the screen but there is no evidence provided about that in the ad. Granted, President Reagan as a political figure did do a lot of good; there is simply no evidence in this commercial. He is loved by the people that are in the ad, but that is barely any proof that he’s a leader. He could simply be seen as a celebrity or idol without further investigation of whom he is or what he’s done to serve our country.

 

Blog Post for Discussion Question 1

Brainstorming is a major part of my personal writing process. For drafting I would typically write myself small notes in reference to the subjects within the topic I’m writing on. Outlines have become a more recent device of use for helping me create a skeleton of my papers. Especially ones that involve specific detail defining each subject. In the past I would rather write out a weak thesis and then alter it as the paper grew but now I’m at a point that I can write a stronger thesis that will actually guide my paper instead of it being somewhat off the wall. 

First Draft of Campaign Paper

In the year 1984, the current president Ronald Reagan was running against former vice president Walter Mondale. During this time, the economy was rising and oil and interest rates were high. America was recovering from the scare of the Cold War and was getting back to work and becoming productive once more. President Reagan was nicknamed “the Teflon president” for his ability to get out of sticky situations during his time in office. For Reagan’s second running, he used a campaign ad titled “Train”. Within this ad, political candidate Ronald Reagan uses pathos laden images like the massive group of people waiting for the train with Reagan on it, fallacious arguments such as the red herring being that the phrase “Leadership that’s working” without any visual proof, as well as desperate appeals to kairos in the “Train” ad to convey the idea that he does not deserve my vote; this is especially because he does not provide enough evidence of his good works aside from basic facts that times are on the rise.

A good way for any political candidate to get the public’s attention in an advertisement is to have a mass amount of people in the advertisement itself. At the beginning of the commercial we see that a barber shop is closing early and parents are picking up their children from early dismissal from school. Everyone in this advertisement is all rushing to the train tracks to see their beloved president pass by. An interesting trait about this commercial though is that President Reagan is revealing himself to the public eye so that he’s not only seen on a screen but in the flesh. That right there has a huge amount of pathos on the target audience of American voters. The audio track over the commercial says that some people would attend seeing Reagan go by on a train to simply tell their grandchildren about it, and others went to see a man they truly admired.

The red herring behind the whole commercial is primarily at the end of the campaign ad. The phrase, “Leadership that’s working,” crosses the screen but there is no evidence provided about that in the ad. Granted, President Reagan as a political figure did do a lot of good; there is simply no evidence in this commercial. He is loved by the people that are in the ad, but that is barely any proof that he’s a leader. He could simply be seen as a celebrity or idol without further investigation of who he is or what he’s done to serve our country.

 

 

Thesis and Intro Outline for Paper 3

Political candidate Ronald Reagan uses pathos laden images like the massive group of people waiting for the train with Reagan on it, fallacious arguments such as the red herring being that the phrase “Leadership that’s working” without any visual proof, as well as desperate appeals to kairos in the Train ad to convey the idea that he does not deserve my vote; however, especially because he does not provide enough evidence of his good works aside from basic facts that times are on the rise.

 

  1. This is the campaign between Reagan and Mondale.
  2. The name of the ad is Train and was broadcasted in 1984.
  3. Reagan was nicknamed “the Teflon president” for his ability to safely escape from setbacks.
  4. The economy was rising.
  5. Oil was low and interest rates were high.
  6. America was going back to work and being productive.

 

I believe that I’d like to write on a campaign ad by former president Ronald Reagan. The ad is excellent but the argument could possibly come from the last line I’m hoping. “Leadership that’s working” sounds great in general. The commercial itself is about people taking off work and kids leaving school early to see President Reagan pass by on a train. It’s supposed to be important of course because it’s the president. The ad says that times are improving in ways such as the economy is up, taxes and inflation are down, and Americans are working again. These are all uplifting facts and many people evidently in the advertisement want to give thanks to Reagan. I’m guessing this is Reagan’s second run ad because the ad mentions that he’s already the 40th president. The argument for the thesis though could be is it really Ronald Reagan who should be credited for the country turning around and being successful or what? The ad didn’t give any direct reasons why he’s a leader, just that he’s already the president and that he’s viable enough to be voted for again. Then that would lead into research about the actual president’s deeds done for the country and so on. I’m not entirely sure how you can counteract the argument though seeing that Reagan had a pretty good track record and all. But in relation to the ad you could always ponder on why people were thanking the former president. That could easily tie into why “leadership that’s working” was shown at the end of the advertisement. Perhaps the train is to help influence the people to vote for him because he’s revealing himself in a public form so that anyone who is able to be in whatever state the ad is mentioning can see him. Semi-personal occurrences like that can go a long way. l I’m kind of running out of ideas right now though. Maybe I need a different topic, I don’t know.