The Aid Of A Scientist And The Menace Of A Lobbyist

996 words - 4 pages

Scientists and lobbyists share a primary purpose; they both serve to influence the status quo. Both Alfred Kinsey, a scientist, and Nick Naylor, a lobbyist, challenge the boundaries of their society. Whereas Kinsey stimulates the sexual aspect of his society, Naylor pokes at the value of ethics in a cigarette consuming society. The representation of argument is apparent in these films; Kinsey argues for a societal change in the awareness and education of human sexuality whereas Nick Naylor defends the cigarette industry as the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. In the film Thank You for Smoking and Kinsey, the rhetoric of argumentation is represented by two men that share allegiance to their work; however, the motive behind their work differs in galactic proportions.
The protagonists of both films were caught in a time frame when promoting sex and cigarettes was taboo. Alfred Kinsey is driven to educate the men and women in his society of the mysteries of human sexuality in a period of time when sex was secret, whereas the job of Nick Naylor is to promote cigarette smoking in a time when the health effects proved it to be a danger to the public’s health. Both these men share a similar predicament, though their approach to these obstacles differs. Kinsey unveils his argument through substantial research conducted by interviews and uses truth to justify his knowledge in an educational setting. Naylor, however, uses manipulation to reinforce the negative habit of smoking and tries to glamorize it in Hollywood movies. While Kinsey’s argumentation enhances the positive improvement of public knowledge, Naylor’s argumentation degrades the health, education, environment, and stereotype for the individuals in his society.
Both Kinsey and Naylor play a significant role in the media and American culture; nonetheless, Naylor’s reputation is undermined while Kinsey is regarded as a legend and is esteemed with respect until this day. Even though both Naylor and Kinsey have mastered the art of rhetoric, their motives are different in the way they contribute to society. When Kinsey and Naylor conduct their public appearances, they both effectively know how to employ the art of speech. When Nick uses argumentation to manipulate, he is able to protect the tobacco industry and by all means is ready to destroy lives of millions of Americans. However, many Americans today understand the detriments of smoking and are encouraged to quit with the help of nicotine patches and gums. Through Naylor’s speech and argumentative skills, he exploits himself and ultimately jeopardizes his career and his credibility. Kinsey, a taxonomist that collected gall wasps, evolved into a pioneer of sex research. His exploration in the behaviors of sex created a more open society where people could embrace their sexuality and address any sexual issues they were experiencing. By Kinsey speaking up in an open forum sex education course, he gave rise to sex education in...

Find Another Essay On The Aid of a Scientist and the Menace of a Lobbyist

Rhetoric on The Menace of Terrorism

764 words - 4 pages Introduction A rhetorical situation is an instance, scenario or an occurrence which calls for a spoken or written response. According to (Caudill etal 217) a rhetoric situation has three components namely the rhetor, which is the person speaking or writing, the audience and the issue. Other elements include the genre or type and the purpose of the rhetoric. The following is a rhetoric situation targeting readers in countries affected by

The Benefits of Foreign Aid Essay

1638 words - 7 pages -stricken countries because American benefits from the assistance as well as the imoverished countries do. Because of foreign aid, the American economy is advanced, democracies around the world are fostered while strategic allies are secured, and the welfare of the needy is upgraded around the world. I admit there are a number of reasons why the United States should not provide assistance to impoverished countries. First and foremost, the

The Search for a True Scientist in Big Science

3569 words - 14 pages One of the original conundrums suggested in class was on a proper definition of a scientist. A scientist is no longer the "long haired genius, mouldering in an attic or basement workshop, despised by society as nonconformist, existing in a state of near poverty, motivated by the flame burning within him. " Derek Price and John Ziman explain in their essays the transition which science has taken to become "Big Science". There are more scientists

China: A Social Menace?

3567 words - 14 pages compensation for the first year and barely adequate at that - a mere 17 dollars a month. This temporary and irrationally minimal financial aid was due to greedy local leaders who took the government compensation for themselves instead of paying laid-off workers. Although this story seems like a confined case affecting only a select few, these kinds of corruption cause misery within families and hurt the area's entire prosperity by increasing the

Landfills - a growing menace

1461 words - 6 pages sadmonument to the excesses of modern society [Gore 151]. One must think this hugereservoir of garbage must be the largest thing ever produced by human hands then.Unhappily, this is not the case. The Fresh Kills Landfill, located on Staten Island, is thelargest landfill in the world. It sports an elevation of 155 feet, an estimated mass of 100million tons, and a volume of 2.9 billion cubic feet. In total acreage, it is equal to 16,000baseball

The Effects of War and Peace on Foreign Aid

1181 words - 5 pages , and social and physical infrastructure of the country. Large sums of aid either in the forms of financial flows or material support had been flowing in the country with the target of reviving the economy and ultimately promoting economic development (Karagbo, P. 2012). Assistance from other countries was targeting Sierra Leone’s economy to help give it a boost. With them being behind in technology and lacking the means to become industrialized, the

The significance of Italian scientist Francesco Redi's expiriments

536 words - 2 pages Science, as some believe, is a continuing struggle to disprove existing theories and establish proven facts in their place. Such is the case with Francesco Redi, an Italian physician and naturalist. He was born in 1626, in Tuscany, Italy, where theory, rather than fact, dominated much of the logic used to explain certain happenings in life.For instance, due to the fact that there were no refrigerating devices during the 1600s, meat often rotted

The role of foreign aid in Australia

535 words - 2 pages Foreign aid is the assistance given from a developed nation to a developing country in the form of money, equipment, skills, advice and technical expertise. There are many reasons to which a developing country or even an already developed country may require international aid such as war, a natural disasters like we recently experienced in Melbourne with the fires, or humanitarian reasons like poverty.Australia's international aid programs

The Importance of Basic First Aid Training

863 words - 3 pages paraprofessionals is to never help a bleeding child without gloves; and if at all possible, let the children care for the wound themselves. High school students might be able to doctor themselves; what about elementary school students, can they administer their own first aid? Who is going to see a five year-old bleeding and just point them to the sink? If school employees were taught BFA the School Board would not have to be so afraid of legal actions

Augmented Reality in the Aid of Surgery

1298 words - 5 pages Introduction Augmented reality (AR) is the virtual the object which is combination of 3D real environment in the real time. Computer aided surgery and medicine is one of the application areas in augmented reality (AR). In computer aided surgery and medicine visualization method is needed as a side of view from virtual world as a solution computer visualization in operation for example laparoscopic surgery. In this reviews, visualization

The Menace Within

605 words - 2 pages Ian Crvenković #444204Psychology SB112Instructor: Terri RutherfordChapter I & The Menace WithinI have found many sections in this book really intriguing, just because I am reading about the ways the I think everyday and I always thought that I was "The master of my own thoughts and actions" but reading this made me reflect on that. In chapter I of our textbook, the section called " The Limits of Intuition and Common Sense" was

Similar Essays

The Mystery Of Being A Forensic Scientist

812 words - 4 pages For those who find solving a murder, trying to figure out what happened to a dead body, or what went wrong on a cases intriguing, being a forensic scientist is the perfect career choice. The main thing that a forensic scientist does is trying to figure out how, who, what, where and why in a murder case. There are many types of scientists in forensics, like forensic anthropologist, criminal profiler, forensic engineer, forensic pathologist

Creating A Sense Of Menace And Unease In Poetry

3594 words - 14 pages Creating a Sense of Menace and Unease in Poetry A Comparison of four poems which create a sense of Menace and unease I have chosen ‘Hitcher’ as it gradually builds up tension and unease throughout the poem, the poem is quite personal as it is relating to a man and his everyday life. I chose this also because the poem is written as if it was a story. Hitcher is the story of a man who is under a lot of pressure from work and feels the

Aid To Africa: A Review Of The Efficacy Of International Aid To Sub Saharan Africa

2057 words - 9 pages records, targeted developmental assistance has been historically successful. In order to pull Africa out of poverty, the international community should focus on targeted developmental assistance. Military Aid Recent military conflicts have broken out all across northern Africa and the sub-Saharan Sahel Region. Most countries in these regions face their own unique violent conflicts. Conflicts stem from a myriad of sources including ethnic

Understanding A Student Financial Aid In The Form Of Scholarship

1460 words - 6 pages which that is closely related to education is scholarship. “Scholarship,” according to Dictionary.com, “is a sum of money or other aid granted to a student, because of merit, need, etc., to pursue his or her study.” To understand what a scholarship is, there are some general information that needs to be known such as the purpose, and the benefits of scholarship. When talking about scholarship, we have to know the purpose of giving an aid to a