Blog Post #8

When we think of advancements in technology, usually we immediately think computers, phones, etc., but what sometimes is not as obvious is technological advancements in things such as airplanes. If we think back to the very first airplane and picture what it looked like in comparison to how airplanes look and function now, there has been a HUGE technological advancement. In this chapter, it describes the evolution of airplanes and how their pilot’s control them. In my opinion, the author uses stasis theory successfully in this to create his argument.  A specific line that stuck out to me said by Bill Voss, President of Flight Safety Foundation, “We’ve gone from a world where automation was a tool to help the pilot control his workload, to the point where automation is really the primary flight control system in the aircraft”. This would be an example of the quality of the action because it explains how the technology has advanced. The way the author uses many real-life stories to immediately grab the reader attention, appealing to pathos. He then uses the stories to explain that even though technology has advanced in the hopes of making things safer and more efficient, it does not always work that way. The author uses ethos when he brings in quotes from Flight Safety Foundation officials, to further his credibility of his chapter. I think the rhetorical situation is that the author is trying to show the reader how technology sometimes fails and causes situations to take a wrong turn, in this case, causing a plane to crash. I think that by putting in stories from a time where planes were only manual, he is saying that even going back to the manual ways can still cause accidents. Technology is still seen as a better way to do things, but it is important to realize, every “better thing” can still have its flaws.


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