Analyze one debatable claim from the Ted talk

Over the next several weeks, you will be developing an analysis of a debatable claim. You will select a TED Talk that presents a persuasive argument on a debatable issue. Be sure to record the title, speaker information, and URL for your selected TED Talk.

In a two- to three-page summary, address the following questions.

  • Topic/Angle/Purpose
    • What is the topic of the TED Talk?
    • What is the angle or argument that the speaker presents?
    • What is the purpose of TED Talk? What does the speaker want the audience to do with the information they are presented with?
  • Rhetorical Situations
    • Who is the target audience for the TED Talk? Why does this matter?
    • What is the context of the TED Talk? What historical or current event information does the audience need to understand the argument?
    • What rhetorical appeals (reason, emotion, credibility) does the speaker use to help strengthen the argument?
  • Evidence
    • What types of evidence are used?
    • Does the evidence seem credible? Why or why not?
    • What additional information do you want to know about the topic?
  • Style
    • How does the speaker introduce the topic? Is it compelling?
    • How does the speaker conclude the talk? What methods does the speaker use to finalize the talk?
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