Blog Post 3
Over the last couple of weeks, we discussed a few topics regarding culture, media, and rhetoric. Through our discussions, I learned more about each of these topics which opened my eyes and thinking process outside of what I already knew as well as what I thought I knew. Out of the three, I would say I learned more about is American culture and what can be defined as culture. After composing the Cultural Artifact Analysis paper, the realization that culture and humor may be two completely different topics but tie into each other very well came along. The culture portion of the last few weeks was very intriguing to me as I also discussed culture in another course I am currently taking.
In my Cultural Artifact Analysis essay, I wrote about how humor is subjective and how people do have different senses of humor. Famous comedian Dave Chappelle was the prime example used as he has been involved in controversy this year. After his Netflix special “The Closer” was released, Chappelle made comments and jokes regarding the LGBTQ+ community and many were not pleased with his comments. Though some may have not found what Chappelle said funny, others did because that is their sense of humor and what they find humorous.
One of the earlier topics we discussed in class was arguments and how everything can portray an argument. We used examples such as sports paraphernalia, retail company slogans, logos of brands, etc. If I were told that an argument can be formed from everything, I would argue against that but after discussions in class and reading “Everything’s an Argument” by Andrea A. Lunsford and John H. Ruszkiewicz my standing has changed. After noticing a claim or argument can be formed from an everyday object to a sports team logo, this caused me to find a way to strengthen claims I would make in debates.
So, the last several weeks have heavily changed and challenged my understanding of culture and arguments as there is more to them than we believe. Arguments are not always negative and have foul intentions as they are just opposing viewpoints and claims made regarding a certain subject. Culture is more than just shared activities among people who follow similar lifestyles and is not only a human trait. With commercials and advertisements shown in class, this furthered my understanding as well as there are minor details used that is almost vital to conveying the correct message to their audience.