Antisocial Phone Tricks

Renny Gleeson is a public speaker who gives a speech describing his views on handheld technology. He is reaching out to all of his followers that have showed up to witness his presentation and to everybody watching his video online. In the speech, Gleeson is trying to help the world realize that life is better when you are not looking at a phone 24/7. His argument is that we should put our cell phones away more often and have conversations face to face with the people around us. Gleeson claims cell phones are taking away the focus of all people who own one. Instead of paying attention to real life, people are too busy worrying about what is going on in their small device. To prove this point, he uses the rhetorical strategy, description. Gleeson describes real life situations that his audience members have all witnessed in which our cell phones took away from socialization. For example, he explains the “Lean” (when you lean to the side to look at your phone without getting caught) or the “stretch” (when you lift your phone out in front of you just enough to be able to read it at the dinner table. Gleeson also shows pictures of relationships where one of the teenagers is too focused on their phone to be also focused on the relationship with their partner. One specific picture shown, was of a father who was staring at his phone while a young girl, possibly his daughter, stared at him. This gives the assumption that the cell phone is more important to the man then his own child is to him. This is an example of the use of pathos. Gleeson is appealing to our emotions and making us feel bad for the child, who is not getting the attention she is looking for.

The fact that Renny Gleeson’s examples are so relatable help his argument become more persuasive. This is how he uses the rhetorical strategy, exemplification. When listening, his audience members will realize that the exact same thing has happened to them, or that they have ignored a friend or a parent in order to look at their cell phone once before. This will make them want to believe that everything Gleeson is saying is in fact true. I think that Gleeson’s argument is effective for this reason. In the very end of his presentation, he makes one call to action. He requests that we help technology make people more human. This will cause the audience to want to put down their phones every once in a while and become more social with the world and all others surrounding them.



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