Blog Post #8

In consideration of the stasis theory, Carr’s claims in “On Autopilot” are more focused on the quality aspect. I wouldn’t say that this piece was generated towards facts, because the critical questions to consider when looking at fact didn’t fit, more likely whether there was a good/bad concept. In fact, the critical questions relied on the sources, as in how they were obtained or if they were reliable. I felt that it also wasn’t policy because the whole article wasn’t focused on a particular action. The problem that Carr is talking about has been increasing over time. He also doesn’t emphasize the solutions to this problem but more of the effects. When I started to choose which aspect that emphasized Carr’s claim the most, I was debating between all four stasis’. It could be any of them if justified correctly/strongly. However, I narrowed it down between definition and quality. The critical questions to ask about both were pretty similar to each other, but the one that caught my eye was “is it a good or bad thing,” which fell under quality. Throughout this paper, you can tell that Carr is emphasizing that the automation of airplanes is negative. For example, Carr strongly amplifies how the autopilots are “deskilling the crew.” He quotes Bill Voss, president of Flight Safety Foundation, that says, “we’ve gone from a world where automation was a tool to help the pilot control his workload to a point where the automation is really the primary flight control system in the aircraft.” By quoting Mr. Voss shows his claim that automation has taken over.

Carr uses negative connotation, logos, pathos to support his claim. The negative connotation is found all throughout the paper. Carr says, “but this sunny story carries a dark footnote,” this is then followed by the fact that there has been less crashes but this crashes wouldn’t have happened if pilots would have attentive reflexes. However, they’ve lost them since automation has evolved. Carr states, “dozens of psychologist, engineers, and ergonomics or “human factors,” researchers have studied what’s gained and lost when pilots share the work of flying with software. They’ve learned that a heavy reliance on computer automation can erode pilot’s expertise, dull their reflexes, and diminish their attentiveness.” Each claim is typically supported with logic. He also uses pathos throughout this paper as well. In the beginning he talks about plane crashes, how it happened, and the causalities. In return, by playing with the audience’s emotions he catches their attention, and it also emphasizes the importance of his claim.


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