Analysis of Analytical Discrimination
If one was required to put a definition on analytical discrimination, what would it mean? In the article “Discrimination is a virtue,” author Robert Keith Miller discusses the word “discrimination” and its true meanings, stating it as just knowing a difference. So if the question were asked once again, would it be possible to discriminate the appeals used in analytical analysis? Miller presents us stories and examples to point out a “lost” definition of a word often overheard, but never studied. His use of appeals sides with logos, discriminates against ethos, and makes anti-pathos a reality. His writing appeals to the mind, leaving much to ponder, though these thoughts may be lost in the whirlwind of ink ideas thrown into a paperback debate.
This article focuses on different situations to discuss the problems within. This topical discussion is effective being as there are no two clear sides for argument, and no steps to concluding a definite answer. This articles presentation leaves it open for logos, the writer seemingly shuns or does not have the use of ethos and pathos.
Miller has written for Newsweek, where this article comes from. He has also written writing handbooks, such as Motives for Writing (McGraw-Hill) and Hodges’ HarBrace Handbook (Harcourt College Publishers). He is an educator in argument techniques, writing Informed Argument: A Multidisciplinary Reader and Guide.
The audience for his article is people of open mind and education. His appeals to logic show a need to take apart his examples and examine them to find their meanings. When he presents his ideas, there is a need to understand each situation, and find where the word discrimination fits into each situation and how. Outside of the educated and knowledge seeking, this article may seem boring and pointless, for it is only one word. One must have their own interest in the subject to enjoy the read, and this is who he is trying to reach. He knows people need an interest in understanding to actually understand.
Miller tries to broaden the minds of the reader in his article. His point is to evoke thoughts and understanding of the views, trying to widen the vocabulary and the use of this vocabulary in the readers. He sets something in front of people to be eaten up and digested, so its nutrients are later regurgitated into a healthy process of ideas and thoughts. These thoughts are about the word discrimination, but I find he has an underlying focus on language in general. Readers are given one word, but then contextualize it and find more words used with it, soon starting to think about language use and perception as a whole. Miller supplies the reader a consciousness of the word use so that they may communicate and understand its every meaning, being able to use it in an educated form in differing contexts.
Miller has ethos at his...