Remixing Original Material from Different Artits Controversy

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Remixing original material from different artists has become an important controversy in today’s modern world. The matter of stealing copyright material is taken very seriously and offends a lot of artists. Lawrence Lessig, author of “Remixed: Media” and a professor at Harvard Law School, writes about how he doesn’t agree. He uses several examples and personal stories to back his position and try to get his readers to understand that what new contemporary artists have started doing. Is nothing illegal and attempts to make it socially acceptable. Writing something like this, the author should include three rhetoric appeals such as ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos is, by definition, “an appeal to authority or character” (31). Pathos is a way to connect through emotion. Logos is incorporating formal examples such as definitions, facts, and proven statistics. Another part of the article would be the kairos or otherwise known as the appropriate placement of each argument during the course of an article. While reading, it’s easy to see how ethos, pathos, and kairos is used in Lessig’s article as he places an emotional state that could be perceptive to his audience and modern day statistics to connect with his audience in order to convey his opinions on remixed material throughout his article, while leaving out personal credentials. As Lessig makes his argument clear, he tells about how he’s involved with the issue and what he has taken from it. He starts off talking how to make a remix and follows by explaining, “my favorites among the remixes I’ve seen are all cases in which the mix delivers a message more powerfully than any original alone could” (Lessig 374). This not only gives him credibility, but also gives another reason as to w... ... middle of paper ... ...erviews from people he knows and has available around him. He also explains how these copyright laws affect not only them, but also him. He includes facts and statistics, giving a professional feel to his article from government documents and other professionally proven places. The organization of the pathos and ethos in this article makes it that much more compelling. He draws you in by giving real facts about how it affects different age groups and then follows up by telling how it’s affected him and his personal experiences, further setting his argument in stone. Overall, he does a mediocre job at getting his opinion across to his audience. Works Cited Lessig, Lawrence. Remixed: Media. 2011. Envision in Depth: Reading, Writing, and Researching Arguments. By Christine L. Alfaro and Alyssa J. O’Brien. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson/Longman, 2011. 372-76. Print.

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