Tufecki and McNamee’s one claim and one appeal 10/11

A claim Zeynep Tufekci talks about in “YouTube, the Great Radicalizer” is that YouTube uses our natural curiosity to lead us to unfactual and radical videos and websites. Tufekci uses logos in her argument by using analogies and creating a strong parallel between the two situations. She says that, “YouTube has created a restaurant that serves us increasingly sugary, fatty foods, loading up our plates as soon as we are finished with the last meal.” essentially comparing YouTube with an unhealthy buffet and logically people know they shouldn’t participate in it. She compares the two because they seem to be similar and convey that YouTube is our natural curiosity against us. It supports Tufekci argument and convince the audience she is right by making YouTube seem unethical and bad.

A claim discussed in McNamee’s “I invested early in Google and Facebook. Now they terrify me” was that Google and Facebook uses techniques to maintain attention to they websites that creates addictive behavior. McNamee uses pathos within this argument to persuade the audience that Google and Facebook is addictive. He compares Google and Facebook, “Like gambling, nicotine, alcohol or heroin,” and even goes on to state that Google and Facebook, “produce short-term happiness with serious negative consequences in the long term.” This is perceived as pathos because he uses highly addictive substances and compares it to the internet which we don’t consider in the same category. He uses these substances with negative connotation to shock the audience in having an emotional response when comparing them to the internet.

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