engl102 week 2 discussion

Your initial response should be at least 200 words. You need to respond to two students’ initial posts, and each of these responses should be at least 150 words. The initial post plus two peer responses, according to the rubric, has the potential to earn a C grade. Four posts of high quality, according to the rubric, has the potential to earn a grade of B, and five high-quality posts all meeting the highest rubric standards has the potential to earn a grade of A, or all the points available.

Week 2 Forum: TED Talks

With this forum, you are to discuss one (1) of the TED Talks. Review a few of them and find one that interests you. This discussion will help you prepare for your essay on one of these arguments due during the next section of this course (week three).

In your discussion, state the purpose of the speech and cite the thesis statement (if applicable). If there is no explicit thesis, state the speech’s claim. Then, lay out the structure of the speech to the class, and let the class know if this structure is organized and logical (you may claim that it is not organized – it’s up to you). Let the reader know how this method of organization helps or does not help the speaker’s purpose. Then, discuss the style of composition – does the style help the speaker prove his/her point? Finally, study the introduction and conclusion of your chosen speech. Explain how the speaker ‘hooks’ the reader in, or, conversely, if the introduction is not strong, explain why. Discuss the conclusion of the speech as well, and point out its strengths and weaknesses. Please answer these questions fully in your response (use thoughtful sentences).

Also, create a works cited citation for the speech. This should be in MLA style. Respond to students who chose articles different than your post. Please post a full and rich discussion.

We would cite the talk as a lecture. Here’s an example:

Brown, Brene. “The Power of Vulnerability.” TED. June 2010. Lecture. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Be careful with your choice of talk. Most likely, you will want to use this work for your essay due next week. In addition, remember that the more effort you put into your discussion, the more prepared you will be to write your Critical Evaluation essay.

In your responses, find a student who chose a different talk than yours. Do you agree with your classmate’s interpretation of the speech? When you looked at that TED talk, did you see any weaknesses in how the speaker presented the argument? Did your classmate pick out the correct thesis statement/claim? Your goal in your responses is to help your classmate strengthen his/her interpretation of the speech.


Classmate # 1:

Hello Class,

For my selection from the TED Talks, I chose a speech about addiction. I identify the title as the speeches claim, which is Hari Johnson’s TED Talk titled, “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong.” It draws you in and makes you want to know if your idea of addiction is incorrect.

In the first two to three minutes he addresses that drug Addiction is preserved a certain way; which is how I essentially preserve addiction. Addiction is negative in someone’s life and if you are addicted to drugs you must go to rehab or be punished (be at fault if arrested) if you have not gotten the help you need. The speaker talks about a spark for beginning his research because of individuals in his own life that struggled with drug addiction. As the speech goes on it seems well organized and each detail really ties in with the speech’s original claim (Johnson).

The purpose of the Speech is to open the listener’s eyes to the reality of addiction. He presented a few studies, one really stood out to me. He stated that a rat study was conducted where there was a bottle of water and a second bottle of water, but it was lased with cocaine and the rat was in a cage with nothing else, isolated. The rat died because he only drank from the bottle with cocaine in it. An additional study was done with the same scenario, but the rat’s environment was altered. In the cage with the rat was friends, food, shelter, things to have fun, the rat drank from the water without cocaine and if he drank from the bottle with cocaine, it was minimal and never overdosed. The speaker painted a picture for the listeners to see that it is not addiction that is the focus, it is the environment of the individuals that have these addictions. He proved his point, gave clear examples of why his claim is true and factual. After watching his TED Talk, I now can see things through his eyes and fully agree with him (Johnson).

In the introduction he tells his audience how the world preserves addiction and how it is wrong, which immediately hooks you. In the conclusion he gets a little emotional and stated how the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection, love, and bonding. He stated that those who have addiction just need more love not isolation and I think this concluded his entire speak so well (Johnson).

Works Cited

Hari, Johnson. “Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong,” TED. June 2015. Lecture.https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_y…

Classmate #2:

Good evening all,

I chose the TED talk “How to know if it’s time to change careers” by Chieh Huang. This one caught my attention specifically because I’m currently debating on whether or not I should stay in the military as active duty or explore other options. The purpose of the speech is to identify when you are truly ready to make a career change. The thesis is given at approximately 45 seconds into the video where Mr. Huang states, “This is for those that are ready to make the completely scary leap into a brand-new career. So as you think about making a career change, here are a few tips I hope you consider and a few things I’ve picked up along the way.” Mr. Huang organized his TED talk by chronological order based off of events that happened in his life. I found the video organized and logical because he stayed consistent with giving three examples in each section of his speech. He began with listing three indicators to pay attention to before you decide to find a new job. Then Mr. Huang transitioned into giving advice about networking, financial stability, and getting your foot in the door to that new career. The last part of his video serves as a reminder of three things not to forget in your current job, such as keeping relationships on good terms, avoid worrying too much and build on skills you’ve inherited in previous jobs. The style of composition is expository because he is expressing is experiences with career changes and wants to give advice to those who are seeking the same thing. This style helped prove Mr. Huang’s point because it was reasonable advice that is easy to achieve on your own terms.

For Mr. Huang’s introduction, he stated he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he grew up and listed a variety of careers he’s had in the last 15 years. This is an effective “attention-getter” because although some people might know what they want to be when they grow up, life can throw unexpected careers in your path. His conclusion ended on a positive note that gives reassurance to his audience that it is okay to be nervous in a new career. However, he didn’t summarize his key points and that weakened the overall importance the body of his speech held.

Huang, Chieh. “How to know if it’s time to change careers.” TED. February 2020. Lecture. https://www.ted.com/talks/chieh_huang_how_to_know_if_it_s_time_to_change_careers