23 thoughts on “WEEK 5, DBQ 1

  1. He establishes credibility through his visuals and his repetition. I found both of these things compelling in the way that his visuals strengthen what he is saying and his repetition makes you think. His visuals helped to show and bring emotion to what he was saying. Him talking about thousands of children fighting in arms didn’t mean as much as when he showed a child with a gun on screen. Also, he repeated that he had moved to the UK 21 years ago. I think he repeated this to remind us of how long he has dealt with these issues and how he has watched them change. He also repeated the phrase “but don’t throw away your phones yet,” and I think this helped the audience to know that he isn’t opposed to phones and technology, as they are a source of communication. Instead he was displaying facts and information and allowing the audience to choose what to do with it.

    1. I agree that it is important that he kept telling the audience to not throw their phones away because it did allow them to have the freedom for communication. Giving the audience the ability to make their decisions for what they want to do with the technology is huge because it allows them to take the information that he has given and use it with how they choose. Emotion is a huge part of this presentation because of the fact that it makes the audience feel more invested in the problem.

    2. I agree 100% with what you said! The way he uses his body language and emotion was really eye catching. Also, by having pictures to give examples of whats actually going on was very useful. I often feel people don’t realize whats going on in the world due to media and other companies being greedy or controlling what people see and don’t see. By using his own story as evidence really made his speech authentic and compelling.

    3. I agree with you but at the same time I feel like he establishes credibiltiy because of his personal connection. The country that this is all happening in, is his homeland which makes this even more personal for Mbubi. Although I do agree that the visuals do help!

      1. I also agreed with your segment about repetition and its effect on the audience. While he is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he did indeed move twenty-one years ago, yet he still remains disheartened and advocate for his country. While it may not be directly impacting him at the moment, he continues to fight for his country even as the issues at hand continue to change.

  2. Mbubi established his credibility by telling his story, showing visuals and introduced his relationship to the mineral that is found in our cell phones is harvested from the Congo, which is the country Mbubi is from. I found Mbubi’s way of presenting information was very persuasive because he acknowledges how large of an industrial and technological stride has come from this but then goes on to explain the unnecessary human suffering that comes along with collecting this mineral. He explains how the cell phone is an instrument of freedom but also of oppression. I find Mbubi compelling because he himself left the Congo to have a better life and is now bringing attention to how we can go about eliminating the misconduct of the Congo by establishing policies to harvest this mineral ethically.

    1. He uses a very persuasive approach to getting his information across that keeps the audience engaged. You make a very strong point that cells phones can be used for freedom while also being a part of oppression. With the photos he uses it becomes clear that he wants the audience to form their own opinions on it.

    2. I can relate to your comment about Mbubi leaving the country for the sake of a better life, and using his power to call attention to issues back home. My parents are from Pakistan, and my mom is always working charities on initiatives within Pakistan centered around women’s access to education. His argument is compelling because of his own personal story and how it relates to the issue at hand. My mom is one of seven children, and she was the only girl. It was so important for her to make sure that her daughters got the access and right to an education that she had to fight so hard to get for herself. She always shares her personal story when she talks to school girls in Pakistan, and I think that helps persuade and push the initiative. It has a personal meaning, and so it helps the audience relate better to the topic.

  3. It becomes clear that his credibility comes from his personal stories, visuals, and by engaging the audience. He shows visuals that forces people to feel an emotional connection. The child with the gun is one that makes people realized the impact that cell phones have a demand of. Mbubi uses a very strong persuasive technique, which is by creating an emotional connection. When having the audience pull their phones out everyone does that. Once everyone realizes that they have phones and are contributing to the cause and greater problems by having phones. Making them feel the emotional connection allows the audience to want to care about what is going on. His body language through the whole presentation shows that he is confident in the material that he is explaining.

    1. I have to agree about the personal connection. I feel like when he established a personal connection with the topic at hand, he had all the credibility in the world. His visuals were definitely a persuasive component of his speech.

    2. I agree that the visuals that he showed allowed the audience to feel an emotional connection. I think the image of the child holding a gun helps people visualize how this affects people of all ages and persuades them to want to help create change. I definitely think that this speech was so strong was because Mbubi explained the facts completely and clearly while still allowing the speech to be personal and influential on the audience.

      1. I also agree about the impact of having everyone pull their phones out. No-one wants to be apart of an issue, and after the audience learned that they were I’d imagine they would feel a little more sympathetic towards the issue. That connection even reached myself , as I stared at my own I phone after hearing what my own impact has been.

  4. I was able to see that Mbubi established his credibility by sharing his personal storing and using his visuals as evidence. The one visual that was most compelling to me was the young kid holding a gun. Its sad to see that its a full blown civil war for power and money. Also, his own story was very convincing due to his calm, slow and serious speaking style. He uses his own life experience to give examples of why things need to change and actually showed what is happening in the Congo which caught my attention.

  5. After watching the Ted talk video I saw that he is able to establish credibility because he provides accurate life details and information that allow us to buy into story. He clearly knows what he is talking about because he has to research all of the information he is presenting before he actually presents it. I find this talk compelling in many ways , I thought no that his ability to engage a crowd is significant. I think it was compelling how he talks about the struggles that happen in his homeland. It makes you think allot more about how phones can be use and both the good and the bad things that they can be used for. I thought this ted talk was very good and I hope to learn from what he talked about. He was a good speaking and his presentation was very compelling.

    1. I think because Mbubi established his own personal connection with the subject early on in his speech made it clear he knew what he was talking about. I agree that he did a good job engaging the crowd with allowed them to feel a connection with the speech. I definitely think this speech will compel people to want to create a change and help prevent any more violence from occurring.

    2. I agree that it was compelling because we learned more about the one thing we hold onto constantly. I don’t think anyone ever thinks twice about the consequences that may occur for us to use what we use or even eat what we eat. It was compelling because it will make you think deeper about the struggles people and countries go through to have what we own today.

  6. I must say that this speech was of all things, compelling. His credibility is definitely established when he makes it known that is indeed from the country of Congo, where this unfair trade is taking place. This also is why the speech is compelling in more ways than one. The fact that he’s from the country that is negatively impacted by a mineral that is mainly used in Iphones is all the credibility he needs. It’s more compelling that his family is still there and directly impacted by it. In his speech you can tell that he is well knowledgeable of the topic at hand because of how its affected his loved ones. Overall his speech flows amazingly because of his general knowledge on the topic. You can tell by how calmly he spoke.

    1. I like how you mentioned that him being from this country helps the credibility of his speech. I think this will be true for our speech because we are well versed and knowledgeable on our topic, we too will be a credible source if we can personally relate to the issue or experience.

  7. One way Mbubi makes his speech credible and to make what he is saying compelling is that he defines things that are unfamiliar to the general public, for example tantalum. He would also show visual examples of what he was talking about, like where the DR of the Congo is in African, the children enlisted in the war holding guns, and pictographs of facts in order to make his topic feel real. Another way that made his speech compelling was how he described both sides of the issue. One, how the creation of phones and other devices have ruined/strained the Congo, and two how these same technologies have brought this issue into the light and how it has tried to help fight it. I think in persuasive speeches, it is useful to talk about both sides because in order to convince people of your side you need to have an open mind about the situation as a whole, from all different perspectives.

    1. I think you make an excellent point! I agree in that the way that the information was presented was very significant in getting the audience to react. A lot of this information probably came as a surprise to folks in the room, so the explanation of the mineral and its significance was really helpful! The visual ids definitely helped establish that emotional connection, and allows the audience to try and understand the struggle.

  8. In his Ted Talk, Mr. Mbubi establishes his credibility from personal struggle. While the audience originally might not have been familiar with the “physical cost” in which IPhone can have in other areas of the world, through graphic images he was able to fully relate the pain it causes his own country. His own story combined with the illustration of the effect on his home create a deeper emotional connection to the audience and give the audience an entire new perspective. Not only did he acknowledge the success of the phone business, he made each individual in the crowd understand the impact owning themselves.

    1. I agree with your statement completely. He takes you through his life journey and uses the visuals to help paint the picture of what is truly happening and what he went through. For me, the picture of the young kid holding the gun really got to me, because it sad that power hungry people are using kids and brainwashing them to fight for them. By using the visuals as he told his story, it made it very compelling and a eye opener for sure!

  9. I thought this presentation was very compelling! We see the presenter establish credibility through his sources (visuals), and through his personal experiences. Mbubi has pictures of the conditions of the miners as well as pictures of the teenagers in the armed groups back home. This gives the audience a real time look into actual lives that are being effected by this industry. In addition, he grew up in the Congo and has been able to witness first hand, through his family and his own experience, how the cell phone has been a tool for both success and terror. He shares how he has been able to communicate with his family, and his children are also able to do so because of mobile phones. He made a great point towards the end- he claimed how there are campaigns for cruelty-free clothing and food, but not much noise has been made for phones. I think the request to apple is an important step in the right direction. It definitely had me thinking about all the ways we reap the benefits of products that are made at the expense of actual lives all over the world.

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