Airplanes in the Night Sky Like Shooting Stars

Stasis theory is a style of writing that allows for the writer to present several different parts of an argument, including facts and value. Carr is consistently saying throughout his writing that complete and total automation isn’t a good thing at all. This is shown in the opening sentences of the writing when Carr tells about the crash that happened in 2009. The fact that the pilots had been basically talking to each other and not focusing on the flight is considered normal, and then the pilots had no idea how to land the plane due to what the investigators considered pilot errors because the pilots were not in tune with their equipment. Carr goes on to explain that these pilots might not be the issue. In fact, the issue might be that the advance in plane technology has allowed for far less attention to be sufficient enough to be a pilot in the common days.

Carr uses a couple of different types of rhetoric in his writing in order to convince you of his argument. He uses pathos and logos at the very least. When Carr talks about the plane technology and brings in the fact that this allows for pilots to do calculations and reading without really flying, he his playing towards your emotions as well as your logic. After all, who wants to be in a plane where the pilots have little to no situational awareness? Carr also appeals to the ethos side of rhetorical writing by consistently putting in stories about how technology has, if not directly, indirectly, caused crashes and malfunction with airplane equipment. Another way that Carr appeals to your logos and ethos is by properly citing stories to show that these are actually real stories and not just made up. This forces you to understand that this issue is real and not fictional.


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