|Public Speaking Discussions
Author: Hobbit4Lyfe PM
These are discussion responses I wrote the first semester of my freshman year of college for my public speaking class, when we had online discussions instead of meeting in the classroom. Please review.Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 555 - Published: 01-15-12 - Status: Complete - id: 2988655
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One of the first things I noticed when the video started was that Annie Leonard was using an iPod when she walked in. This early use of visual aids got me interested, because it made me wonder, "Why does she have an iPod when she's going to give a speech?" The first set of little drawings that were used when she introduced the process that "stuff" goes through were cute, but they seemed a bit general. The drawings of the little factories looked almost the same to me, which bothered me a little bit.
I think the statistics Leonard used assisted in making her point. I think that illustrating the statistics with drawings and charts was helpful for understanding. The drawings were a good addition to help me understand the statistics without the overuse of charts. The definitions provided helped me understand some concepts that were foreign to me when first introduced. An analogy that I noticed was used was the drawing of the tank that represented the government was fueled by a gas tank of taxes.
I noticed that Leonard seemed a bit too overenthusiastic sometimes. As for political correctness, I think to some it might seem politically incorrect for one of the analogies considered was the government as a tank that uses taxes for gas, especially for the military. In a way, I agree that taxes should be used in many fields in addition to the military, such as in education. Some people might also have been offended that the little figure representing corporations was bigger than the little figure of the government. I also believe her definition of "third world countries" might be politically incorrect and somewhat incomplete. I noticed that the drawing of the store referenced Wal-Mart. I think this reference might be offensive because people don't usually view Wal-Mart as a negative place.
In general, I thought this video was insightful. It made me more aware of what happens, economically and environmentally, when "stuff" is made, used, and thrown away.