Is 11Alive Really Trustworthy?

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Early in 2014, Google publicized that their new Google Fiber would be coming to many major areas around the United States. The purpose of Google Fiber is to deliver gigabit internet service to anyone who uses it for about $70 per month. Since the more recent announcement that Google Fiber will be coming to Metro Atlanta, it has a predominant topic in the news. One major local news station, 11Alive, has discussed the topic on both their television program and their website. In order to decide if 11Alive is a credible source, I will be analyzing the website’s article looking for appeals, toulmin logic, and logical fallacies.

The first category of rhetoric I would like to address is appeals. Considering the topic of this article is Google Fiber coming to Metro Atlanta, there really is no reason for emotional appeals, so it makes sense that there are none used. Rather than trying to persuade us to invest in Google Fiber in order to save orphaned puppies or kittens, the article is focused on the fact of its local appearance in the near future. From an ethical standpoint, the author is credible because of his in-depth research, as well as his educational background in the field of writing and technology. Upon further research of the topic, I found that the evidence in this article is factual and most of it comes from interviews of actual Google executives.

As for toulmin logic, there really was none to be found aside from one small bit. Near the bottom of the article the author claims that “Google’s decision to shut out businesses could kneecap economic development efforts”. However, I don’t really find this to be much of toulmin logic because the author uses the word “could”, rather than just saying it “will”. I suppose it could be debatable that this is an assumption given by the author, but I personally understood it as just a suggested possible outcome as opposed to a drawn conclusion. So far, the article has passed two out of three test of its credibility so it is very likely that this is a credible source; however, just to be certain, we’ll take a look at the last rhetorical property.

Logical fallacies come in a broad range of forms so there is a lot to keep an eye out for in the article. One aspect that helps narrow down any falsifications that may be in the article is the fact that there isn’t a bias. The article is not trying to persuade or really even give much of an opinion on the topic of Google Fiber in Metro Atlanta. Honestly, the article is pretty emotionless. From reading the article, there are no points in it where the author is attacking anybody, nor does he challenge the idea of Google Fiber. There are also no celebrity endorsements in the article itself. That crosses most of the logical fallacies off the board already. Another great point to be noted is that the author does not compare Google fiber to anything which gets rid of the possibility of any false analogies. I could basically go on to explain every other logical fallacy that is not present in the article, but there is really no point to.

I was already pretty convinced from the start that 11Alive was a credible news station just because of how well known it is. Honestly, it would have been exceedingly shocking if it turned out the article was littered with prevarications. The article was quite incisive which made analyzing it extremely simple. Karkaria did a great job ensuring that the article stayed on topic and was precise, instead of expressing his opinions and feeling on the topic at hand. In summary, after searching for, but not finding, appeals, toulmin logic, or logical fallacies, I have concluded that 11Alive is a highly credible source.

Written by Kyle Paul