Do What Tastes Right

In this Wendy’s advertisement, it states, ” Do What Tastes Right.”  But who’s to say what we think tastes right?

The logical fallacy is the fact that Wendy’s tastes good.  A lot of people don’t like Wendy’s, and a lot of people do, but not everyone does.  This fallacy is an induction.  The creators of this advertisement wants people to believe that Wendy’s taste “right,” and they point out simple inductive clues for people to see what they are trying to point out.

The creators of this ad included the picture of their triple cheese burger, to attract people’s taste buds and appetite-or so they think.  In this inductive ad, it plays out like this: Wendy’s tastes right. A triple cheese burger tastes right, therefore, Wendy’s triple cheese burger taste right.  As for the logic in it, well they assume: that everyone is attracted to triple cheese burgers, and everyone loves Wendy’s, therefore, who can resist Wendy’s’ triple cheese burger.

Clearly, this advertisement for Wendy’s is a great example of inductive logical fallacies.  It can teach students, like me, the way these inductive arguments can be used in real world scenarios.  The Inductive Fallacy

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Call of Technology

As a nine year old kid 50 years ago and even today, many of the kids played with toy guns either as a cowboy, or sometimes a soldier; Today, many kids do the same thing, but now we have the opportunity to imagine these adolescent visions with realistic scenarios, and with a controller in their hand instead of a wooden gun. When we imagine these situations whether it is today or 50 years ago, we completely separate ourselves from the world, and we are now a hero or a villain for that moment- that was 10 years ago.  As technology advances, so does the ability to make our nine-year-old fantasies more realistic than ever.  The video game counsel brings opportunities to everyone that lets us separate from the world again, just like in our nine-year-old fantasies, but ten times more epic.  In the revolutionary new game Call of Duty, players experience action, adventure, twists and the good old blood and gore – more fantastic than imagination can produce.

Call of Duty is a first-person shooter game where you play as a soldier in which you are given life-jeopardizing situations.  Each Call of Duty has its own story:  In the earlier chapters, you fight historic battles that were fought during World War 2 – the more recent ones however are taken place present-day, in battles that have not taken place.  In the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you play multiple roles as a British special operations recruit, and an American soldier fighting on U.S. soil.  You have a myriad number of weapons to choose from, and hi-tech equipment to support your services.

The story that tags along with the game play has everything that could intrigue a player to want to finish the game so they know the entire story; somewhat of like a “hands-on” movie or television show.

Throughout the course of each game, the level of intensity goes up tremendously.  Sometimes you might have to fight a battalion of Nazi’s by yourself with one clip of ammunition, or portray the character of an elite sniper about to assassinate a drug lord that commands a rebellion army in Western Soviet Union.   Call of Duty is a great game that explores the life of soldiers, and gives you tasks that one can’t ever imagine doing.  What get’s some is the story behind the game.  In the new game Modern Warfare 2, there’s a great conspiracy behind the attack on American soil.  Conspiracy and secrets drive this game, and honestly, no one can resist them.  Beyond the covert missions and the espionage, you can drive vehicles like boats and cars, operate aerial weaponry and even go underwater for scuba operations.

Besides the awesome detail that is only a small glimpse of this action packed game thriller, another reason why the Call of Duty franchise is peaking, is the fact that online play is now available, and greater than ever before.  Playing with 20 or more players online on your favorite map in head-to-head competition is fun, for most.  There are many different forms of games like fight to the death; capture the command point and Call of Duty even has a zombie mode.  If you haven’t played Call of Duty: Modern

Warfare 2, then you may not appreciate the game, but everybody knows someone who plays Call of Duty, and that’s why it has spread like wildfire throughout the world.

“First person shooter arcade games invite a high degree of deindividuation amongst players, reformulate the functions of play, and re-map the geographies and social networks in which play takes place” (Hall).   Now a days, kids prefer to play console games like Call of Duty over the classic ho-hum game Connect Four.  As each game company creates an advanced game, the other competing companies will try to defeat the opposing game, it’s simple business.  Infinity Ward, the creators of Call of Duty, has breached the level of expectancy for gamers with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: “With Modern Warfare 2, the sheer amount of hype has been practically inescapable, with preorders alone setting it up as one of the biggest selling games of all time, the addition of even more multiplayer modes and features” (Bozon).

During a time of war, the news televises events and dates that have been important to the progression to win the war.  We have access to videos, recordings and live television in which we can see soldiers and the enemy engage in combat. War is all around us, and the thought of fighting with guns against the enemy is kind of scary- in real life; but if we could do these things within the comfort if our own home, it’s kind of a cool thing to think about.  Shooting a gun in general is kind of an exciting and makes your adrenalene flow, but shooting at a human being is a very unreal experience- in real life; but now we have the ability to shoot whatever we want at whoever we want in the comfort, air conditioned home.

Clearly, with games like Call of Duty, our imagination is presented with a great, realistic opportunity to fight against the enemy, and to play it over and over again.  Who wouldn’t appreciate having the power to attack a terrorist camp with realistic weapons, life like visual graphics and the feeling of actually being there on the screen with a click of a button. “Your reasoning, reflexes and imagination are tested to exhilarating limits. That hunk of molded plastic, that PlayStation or Dreamcast, is a magic box that allows you to play with fire” (Poole).  The Call of Duty franchise has set the bar for first person shooters.  From World War 2, to present day Special Forces operations, Call of Duty is there to put you in a realistic scenario from the most dangerous battles.  Call of Duty is a major step in video game history; let’s see what they’ll have to offer in the next three years.

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Pulling out of Iraq?

“The last full U.S. combat brigade pulls out of Iraq,” that was the headlines of MSNBC on August 19, 2010.  Since President Obama took office, he planned on pulling the troops across the boarder into Kuwait.  Is this crucial action a strategic one, or a mistake that can eventually be bad for the future of the U.S., and the middle east?

Some may say this is a great move one the U.S. part in that the war is closer to being over, and less U.S. troops will die in combat; Other’s say it is a “disaster waiting to happen,” in which Iraq is unstable with its government and the terrorists are closing in.

What we now can do is debate on whether the pulling of the troops out of Iraq was good or bad.

We can pinpoint this topic as, in some ways, a claim of fact, and other ways as a claim of value.  It all depends on what each individual sees on this topic.  Like any topic, this is a great topic of claim and value which can spark a great debate, as it does in Congress.

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I Will Do Anything You Ask

“I will get up to walk the dog at 6:30 A.M.  I will shave.  I will clean the sink after I shave.”  Do these tasks sound amusing?  Not so much; however the reward of doing these lackluster tasks, is driving a Dodge Charger.  In the 2010 Super Bowl commercial, the Dodge Charger seems like the only thing in these men’s life.  In this advertisement, we can point out Toulmin’s logic throughout it.  We can see the claim: that the Dodge Charger is “man’s last stand” – the support: that the Dodge Charger is a great car – and the warrant: that men love the Dodge Charger.

Toulmin’s logic is a great resource that can help any writer, advertiser or anyone that wants to convince people into your argument.  It has three major points needed to get the point across to consumers.  In this commercial, Dodge uses activities that seem very unappealing to the men featured in the commercial.  Things like “saying yes when you want me to say yes, is viewed as a very unattractive thing to do.  According to the commercial, because they perform these endeavors, they can get to drive the car they want to drive – in this case, the Dodge Charger.

“I will watch you vampire TV shows with you.  I will put my underwear in the basket, and because I do this, I will drive a car that I want to drive.”  This statement is made during the scene where the black, slick Dodge Charger roars down a road.  It is, at least for some men, an attractive car that is extremely appealing.  The support may be unclear when the video is watched the first time.  For the most part, the support is not verbal.  By the way the car roars, and the convincing argument given by the actors, it is pretty obvious that the Dodge Charger is a wise choice.  Something that I particularly liked was the expression on the men’s faces while the announcer was talking.  It really showed how unappealing the tasks are, but they do it all just to be able to drive the car of their choice – the Dodge Charger.

The warrant can be seen as unexpressed, but in a way it can be expressed.  Without saying all men want to drive the Dodge Charger, the ad and its actors are seemed to want to drive the car.  The way the monotone voice describes the activity and the facial expressions of the actors look, obviously makes the tasks mentioned almost seem like they are forced to do them – as long as they get to drive the car.  Another warrant is that the tasks they describe to make driving the Dodge Charger more appealing, are unattractive.  I know some guys who like vampire TV shows and don’t complain about it.  It all depends on the person and what the person thinks of the actions.

Clearly, the Dodge Charger 2010 Super Bowl ad is a commercial worth watching.  Whether it is for the kicks and giggles, or for the love of the Dodge Charger.  The claim is trying to prove that the Dodge Charger is man’s last stand.  They try to persuade the audience that this is a manly car, and that beyond “cleaning the sink after I shave” there is a car that cancels out the silly tasks.  The support is in the list of actions the guy must perform to be able to drive the Dodge Charger.  The claim and support are almost identical in which they both try to convince the audience by the testimonials the men must perform.  The Warrant is the fact that men like to drive the Dodge Charger.  It also can be that fact that not every task mentioned is dreadful to perform.

This ad produces a mediocre example of Toulmin’s logic.  Even though it has strong humorous points dedicated to the struggle of men, the Dodge Charger ad can only be somewhat of an argument.  It is clearly bias, and directed toward men – hence the “Man’s Last Stand.”  For me, the ad successfully persuaded me in wanting to buy the Dodge Charger, from its funny, lifeless actors, to the roar of the car flying down the street.  The question is, did it persuade you?

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My Blog

Hi, my name is Alex Aragon.  I’m 18 years old and graduated from Pompano Beach High School in 2010.  I came to Florida Gulf Coast University for its relaxed student enviornment and its relatively close location to my house.  My major is currently Criminal Justice, for I want to pursue a career with the federal government in law enforcement.

In my high school years, I played the drums for the marching band.  I started my freshman year with no prior knowledge of the instrument.  I progressed each year and finally made it to drum captain my senior year.  I love music and loved to play it.  I was also privileged enough to travel to many foreign countries throughout my life time.  I’ve been to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, China, and Costa Rica, to name a few.  One interesting thing that occurred while I was in China, was that my group that I was with had to be quarantined because of the swine flu pandemic.  We had to spend seven days in a hotel with no windows or air conditioning.  The reason for our quarantine was because someone on our plane had a fever, and 11 rows in front of and behind the sick person had to be contained.

All in all I have a very interesting, cultural life.  My father being from Costa Rica, and my mother being from New Jersey.

In this class, I would like to investigate: the pulling of US troops out of Afghanistan.  I think this is good because people have very different opinions about this topic.  Also:  Do you think Obama is a good or bad President.  Another:  Should the government control what we eat?    Last but not least: Mac vs. PC?

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