Rhetorical and Logical Arguments on Perception


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Rhetorical and Logical Arguments on Perception
We seem to live in a world of ever-increasing sensory input. Helen Keller and Murray Schafer both ask their readers to closely consider the way they perceive the world in the articles “The Seeing Hand” and "Dub: Defending The Value of the Original in an Age of Duplicates," respectively. Keller writes in a personal essay that attempts to convey how she understands the world without sight or hearing. She makes an argument that beauty exists in form and touch, which those with access to sight and sound often overlook. Schafer makes an academic argument about the effect that recording and reproduction has on the way we hear music. He claims that the mass production of music has devalued the live...
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Keller’s “The Seeing Hand” should also make her audience consider their relationship their environment, but more importantly it should make us all consider our relationship with the disabled, and to view them not with pity but respect. Ultimately, the difference between these two works is that Schafer is responding to an intellectual argument about media, while Keller wants to correct preconceived notions that the blind or deaf are less than human. Schafer makes a logical case, but Keller understands that she must make an emotional case because humans do not arrive at prejudice through logic.Works Cited
Keller, Helen. “The Seeing Hand”
Schafer, Murray. “"Dub: Defending the Value of The Original in the Age of Duplicates." 1994.