I chose to use news sources that I have knowledge of and look at for this assignment. The article by HUFFPOST is the side that’s against people drinking coffee. The author tries her best to convince readers to stop drinking coffee and trying to explain why its “evil.” The second article is the side that supports the idea of drinking coffee. The author’s goal is to convince her readers that they should drink a cup of coffee a day. Both authors use different approaches to persuade the readers into agreeing with them.
Rhetoric in Both Articles
Kaitlin Menza, the writer of “8 Reasons You Should Never Drink Coffee,” uses a comedic and sarcastic tone. Menza uses the fallacy of Ad Hominem to defend her point. She uses her own opinion and experiences for her view of coffee. An example would be how she believes the taste of coffee is evil and dealing with coffee addicts who act rude when they don’t get their cup of joe. Menza uses her opinion and experiences to share with the world what coffee does to people and how it tastes. Sharing these may help her convince those not to drink coffee, especially if others have the same experience. We can’t forget the fallacy Appeal to Pity, which is evident in reason #1. If you keep using K-cups to make your cup of coffee, does that mean you want your grandchildren to swim in a sea of plastic?
Renee Jacques, the writer for “11 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Every Day,” uses a different approach in trying to get people to believe her opinion. She uses the Appeal to Authority by using research from experts like the Harvard School of Public Health. They did a study that drinking a certain amount of coffee can decrease the chances of suicide. Jacques uses many hyperlinks to back up her article, all from experts, researchers, and other news sources.