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A Convenient Appeal: The Image Of Urgency In An Inconvenient Truth

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“Lecture” and “boring” are two words often synonymous. A lecture will frequently feature a deluge of scientific data, equitable facts, well-supported inferences, unbiased jargon, charts, graphs, and statistics. And a bored audience. While a lecture can pioneer new scientific exploration and present phenomenal achievement, it holds little value if it cannot inspire its audience. In order for a lecture to interest the everyday individual, it needs to provide a clear connection to the everyday world. Firstly, the speaker must deliver his or her data in a discussion format comprehensible to the audience. Then, the speaker must excite the audience with powerful emotional appeals. An effective lecture – now, truly, a presentation – appeals to an audience by accentuating a necessity and evoking an enthusiasm. The audience finds an immediate, personal significance within the vast data. In his 2006 documentary film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore uses a combination of appeals to logic and emotion to stress the urgency of the global warming crisis to an audience of everyday individuals.
Gore’s logical appeals emphasize the danger and significance of global warming in a cogent, engaging multimedia platform. Rather than monotonously expounding upon detail after detail, he uses interactive visual aids to clarify his claims. As Stefan Lovgren, in “Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Movie: Fact or Hype?,” abbreviates, “the documentary handles the science well.” Gore is confident in the delivery of his information; he talks to his audience with ease and precision. He states, “[t]he relationships are actually very complicated, but there is one relationship that is far more powerful than all the others and it is this: When there is more carbon dioxide, the temperature gets warmer because it traps more heat from the sun inside” (An Inconvenient Truth). His concise dialogue attracts the attention of his everyday audience. But what maintains the audience’s attention is the large color graph directly behind Gore. As the people of the audience watch the carbon dioxide graph and temperature graph line up exactly, they can quickly fathom the connection. Gore’s logical appeal involves the use of vivid graphics to reveal the severity and reality of climate change. He illustrates this appeal to logos further when he asserts, “look how far above the natural cycle this [carbon dioxide level] is. . . . But in the next fifty years, it’s going to continue to go up” (An Inconvenient Truth). A makeshift elevator raises Gore higher and higher with the growing graph. Aside from merely stating the facts, he provides the audience with a clear visualization of the exigency of the global warming situation. He appeals to logical data and he appeals to his fascinated audience simultaneously. Lastly, Gore addresses “the more pressure we’re putting on the earth” (An Inconvenient Truth). An accompanying graph depicts rapid population growth. But perhaps more crucial to the logical appeal is its...

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