24 thoughts on “WEEK 5, DBQ 2

  1. Asha’s credibility comes from 3 things, I believe. I think it comes from the fact that the mentions that she is a whale conservationist. It makes the audience believe that she knows what she is talking about. Next, her visuals. The pictures she displayed greatly impacted the audience and made what she was saying even more engaging. Lastly, the fact that she started with small things (the whale population itself) and worked her way up to explain how whales can help global warming.

    1. I agree that those three things are very strong aspects to creating her credibility. The way that she started small was easier for the audience to follow rather then just jumping into whales and climate change. Similar to the way that she talks about Phytoplankton having an impact on the greater picture of the ecosystem, whales have that on the environment and climate change.

    2. I agree with your comment about her techniques for establishing credibility with the audience. I think the use of actual pictures of whales really helped the audience to visualize what De Vos was talking about in terms of whale suffering as a result of human occupations. It makes the situation a little more real and can be emotional for other animal lovers. I think it’s also really tactful because studies showed that folks supported the whale movement in the 70’s simply because they thought whales were visually “majestic and beautiful”. So what better way to get the audience to listen and buy in than to show actual pictures of the whales!

    3. I think the fact that Asha is a whale conservationist makes her reliable and credible. I agree that the pictures were really eye opening and kept me engaged throughout her speech. I really liked how she started off with something as small as whale poo and made it about something much larger like global warming.

  2. I believe that Ahsa’s credibility comes from her years of experience as a whale conservationist and the informational facts/statistics that she provides. The images helped the audience visualize the impact we have on whales and the impact whales have on our ecosystems. I think what I found to be the most compelling is that not only does whaling affect the population of whales but it affects over 400 species and the rest of our ecosystem. I think she ended her speech very strongly by stating that we should not just save the whales for their sake but for ours as well.

    1. I agree that one of the most compelling things that she said was about the greater impact that whales have on the ecosystem. It forces the audience to see how much more whales mean to ecosystems. The images play a key role to this because she doesn’t use graphs or anything like that it is actual pictures of these species which allows the audience to feel more connects rather then just attempting to connect to a number.

    2. I definitely agree about De Vos’s reasoning behind saving whales, and not doing it only for their sake, but for ours as well. I was really surprised to find out just how much whales helped with the global warming issue, as well as their part in helping other species survive. These facts alone hold plenty weight in persuading the audience of the importance for whale conservation. I think her educational background and occupation definitely help the audience in understanding and supporting the argument at hand. It’s like a health care provider speaking at a public health conference, or a lawyer in court- their occupational backgrounds help support their work and the issues they are chasing after.

    3. I totally agree with what you said! By her saying that she was a whale conservationist, I immidetely felt that i could believe exactly what she was saying. It made all her facts and statements verified due to her mentioned credibility. The way she mentions the multiple uses of whale poop and the caresses was the most compelling to me in her speech. I also liked how she ended her speech with ” lets not just do it for the whales, but also for us”. This showed that helping the whales would also help the human race!

    4. I also agree about the presence of experience from a speaker. When someone has dedicated they’re life to a certain topic and has years of research in an area the audience tends to accept their credibility. Her smooth visual speech only helped further whales impact on the ecosystem.

  3. Asha’s creditability stems from the facts and statistics that she speaks about, as well as her time as a conservationist. For the whale movement in the 70’s they used the songs that these animals sing to get people to care about them. Now she uses another technique which is by explaining the importance of how whale populations will save the human race. One of the major ways that she does this is through images and facts. She doesn’t throw a bunch of information at the audience, she takes the time to explain the information in an approachable manner as simple as poo.

    1. I would have to agree with the visuals and facts aspect. I felt like especially when it came to the visuals that she took the time to explain each picture. Her credibility definitely comes from her confident mentality when talking about different whale facts.

  4. I think de vos establishes credibility through her background education and the factual evidence that she provides. She starts off by letting the audience know that she is a whale conversationalist; this tells us that she has done extensive studying and research on this, so her findings are credible. She then talks about the movement to save the whales, but explains how the reasoning behind saving them had less to do with their ecological benefits and more so for their looks. De Vos explains the significance of not only whale feces, but whale carcuses, and how they help benefit so many marine species unknown to humans. Her sources were credible and overall her presentation was short, to the point, and very informative!

    1. I think you can tell she’s a great speakers by how much effective information she conveyed to the audience in such a short period of time. It makes the audience feel better to know there speakers is credible because of her career but she also makes it clear to the audience with how well spoken and clear she is, that “whale poo” is something she is well versed in and has been researching for a long time.

  5. Asha’s credibility is strongly established when she before she even mentions she’s a whale conservationist. She starts out by confidently talking about why whales are important for the ecosystems within the Ocean, and to me she makes it clear she’s done her research on whales. When she mentions her status as a whale conservationist is only confirms her credibility. She also talks in such a confident and passionate manner that you can tell she’s well educated about Whales and her there fecal matter affects the environment.

    1. I agree completely with your statement. I also thought the way she immediately mentioned that she was a whale conservationist gave me enough credibility to focus in on exactly what she was telling us. Also, the use of the facts and visuals made her speech very compelling and i believed every word she mentioned due to her body language and confidence.

      1. I originally hadn’t thought about the importance of the in order in which she delivered her material. But yet, I too felt almost sense a validation when she remarked that she was a whale conservationist. This seemed to only assure me and her current audience of the content she was talking about.

    2. I agree with you when you say that she talks with confidence she’s definitely very comfortable while talking about this material and it shows in her speech. She commands her presence on the stage and informs the audience in a way that persuades them. She is clearly well-informed on the subject and that definitely makes a difference when trying to present and persuade somebody her visuals also drive point that she clearly researched this topic.

  6. Ahsa De Vos immediately provides credibility by explaining how she is a whale conservationist. By also using pictures and examples helps show the evidence to back up what she is stating. What made her speech so compelling is her driven passion and knowledge of the topic. Just by watching this ted talk, I could immediately tell that passion drives her to help teach about why whale poop and whale carcasses are so important. Also her body language was calm and collect as if she knew exactly what she was talking about and as if she was a teacher and the audience were her students. In general the use of all the facts and visuals made the speech very educational and compelling.

    1. I was so focused on the facts she was speaking about that I didn’t realize her body language also supported her credibility. I agree that she had the composure of a teacher which worked for this speech because she was educating us on something we didn’t really know about.

  7. Asha De Vos establishes credibility through her prior experience as a whale conservationist. Because of her profession and degree, the audience is able to relate to her credibility as this is what she works on. She educates the audience through pictures and statistics of how whale fecal matter can be useful towards other species. While the save the whale movement has shifted, they’re is research backing their importance in ecosystems. Her speech was ultimately really informative and let the audience know the value of whales.

    1. I agree, her use of information from being a whale conservationist, helped with the credibility in her speech and I think she did a good job at not using words we couldn’t understand.

    2. I agree when you say that she uses simple and non-complicated words to explain pretty advanced and complex biological processes that have occurred in the ocean. I also agree with what you say about her use of visuals to help drive home the point she is trying to make. She definitely let us know the value and importance of Whales and I felt bad after I watched the video I feel more concerned for whales now.

  8. Asha de Vos establishes credibility by adding facts to the whales she is talking about to show how knowledgeable she is in whales. She also adds the proper scientific names to the common words we use which help us learn for example that deep oceans are also called carbon sinks and it also proves that she is smart. Additionally, her word choice supports her credibility. What I find compelling is, at the end, how she tells us what we as humans can do to solve this issue. This is meaningful because it includes us as the audience and makes us seem like we can make an impact.

  9. Asha de Vos establishes credibility in her Ted Talk in a very efficient and interesting way. She establishes credibility by simply talking and demonstrating her excessive knowledge of the subject. The other big factor for me when it came to the authenticity and credibility of her speech was the visuals she used to help explain the whale poo subject. The videos and pictures that she displayed demonstrated what she was talking about and helped give a clear picture of what happens when we kill whales. I found this speech very compelling because it’s an important issue and she’s brings up the issues in a very clear manner. She states what she is going to be talking about and follows her outline in which she uses facts and visuals to help persuade her audience. I thrust the ted talk was very informative and I hope to structure and present my final speech in a similar passion. I thought she was very persuasive.

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