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Rhet 1312 Composition ll

Professor Graham

Rhetorical Analysis: Wifi in the Woods

While analyzing the article Wifi in the Woods, by Jason Mark, I came to notice

some rhetorical strategies that he used in order to strengthen his message and to

get his point across. Well be discussing those strategies in order to declare how and

why the author poses a strong, valid argument. The most efficient way to classify

the argument as an effective one would be to test it out with the Toulmin Model of

Argument method, created by British Philosopher Stephen Toulmin. According to his

concept, ones argument is an effective one if it contains the claim, grounds,

warrant, backing, rebuttal, and qualifiers.

The author begins by reminiscing about an adventure he endured along with

his friends. He talks about how the aesthetic views of nature forced them to

disconnect. Even the authors friend, Miller, who was usually trying to stay

connected, was forced to take in all of the qualities that nature had to offer. The

author explains his past experiences in lucid detail in order to allow the audience to

envision how beautiful and amazing the woods are. The author claims that woods

should remain a place without connectivity, and how the opportunity to fully

disconnect is at risk. One of the authors reasons would be because it would take

the sense of getting away away. He continues by saying when were able to

connect from anywhere, well, then, therell be no place left to hide. The author

makes a valid point because if wifi were to be accessible in the woods, that would

be another opportunity to stay connected, rather than to disconnect. Also, the idea
of getting away would be abolished because typically, you wouldnt have any

service to stay connected.

Furthermore, the author continues to provide more grounds to support his

claim. For example, he talks about how the Burea of Land Management (BLM) is

becoming stricter on the act of geocaching on its properties. The officials were to

have said that caches could attract bears and disturb an areas wilderness

character. This evidence used by the author is relevant because with more

connectivity in the woods, caching would still be possible. Additional grounds used

by the author in order to get his point across was a historical approach. For

instance, the writer makes a relevant point by saying how the idea of getting

away is also a civic good and that a free society needs an escape hatch. Also, he

goes to mention that even in United States history, the wilderness has been the

last resort for the apostate, the dissident, the runaway slave. This contributes to

the argument significantly because it uses historical references to support the

claim. However, I would have done it a little differently by adding some statistical

facts to support the grounds. Still a good point nevertheless. Another tactic used to

support the claim was a hypothetical appeal to fear approach. For example, the

author says, If some madman ever activates SkyNet, were going to want a few

landscapes outside the matrix. This appeal to fear strengthens the argument by

posing a hypothetical scenario. Mark also goes on to say Maybe, then, what we

need is a new preservation movement committed to maintaining some places that

are offline. He argues that maybe if things went to the extreme, possibly then the

woods would become a priority of disconnection.

The writer bridges possible gaps in his argument by suggesting that we

exercise collective restraint when it comes to fighting the urge to remain connected.
In other words, we have to work collectively as a team to produce the most efficient

results. Additionally, the author explains how the mood of the wilderness is a

stillness not found in human-dominated landscapes. His method of backing this

includes him considering the fact that the term mood is different to every person.

To be exact, the author says, It can be hard to say what exactly the mood is,

since its different for each of us. He didnt define it, but he did at least clarify how

the mood of the woods includes a powerful magic, but also a fragile one. He goes

on to say that it wouldnt take much more than the ping of a text to break the spell.

This enhances the argument because he provides a warrant in order to avoid

assuming that something such as the term mood means the same to everyone

and backs up his warrant.

While the author provided grounds as to why his claim was worth listening to,

he also considers other perspectives. For instance, he says the idea of universal

connectivity is, in a way, exciting. Furthermore, the rebuttal is identified when he

then agrees with Jarvis that people arent going to leave their devices at home

simply because everyone takes their devices with them. The qualifier is identified

when the author says So some measure of connectivity can be useful.

Consequently, the authors argument qualifies as a strong one because he uses the

Toulmin Model of Argument by providing the claim, grounds, warrants, backing,

rebuttals, and qualifiers.