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words of wisdom//
rhetoric catches your attention, then aristotle’s modes of appeal pull you in closer and keep your attention. modes of appeal focus on the details that give a message substance and really define what is being communicated. ethos applies to the credibility of the source, pathos applies to the emotions and senses, logos applies to the brain’s need for logical and stats to back up a claim; all three of the appeals make a message believable. modes of appeal are present in all realms of design, every form of design is going to at least appeal to the senses and emotions through the simplest choice of color or typeface, so therefore contain pathos.
rhetoric makes you think and use prior knowledge to form the clever connection. rhetoric works best with a clear and concise message being supported with vivd imagery. advertising is bursting with rhetoric. humor easily fits into a range of rhetoric forms, it’s seen in commercials from car insurance to fast food. a specific one i’m thinking of are the allstate commercials. they use metaphor for mayhem while sneaking in a bit of parody; the message is made very evident. rhetoric makes something more interesting, humans are attracted to the explanation of abstract concepts.