McGonigal TED Talk Analysis - Student 1 Brilliant Student...

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Student 1 Brilliant Student Ms. Addison ENGL 102 15 Jan. 2014 Post-traumatic Growth: Everyone Can Be Super Better Dr. Jane Mcgonigal, in a TED Talk entitled “How to Add Ten Years to your Life,” claims that people can increase their life-spans by nourishing four vital aspects of life: physical resilience, mental resilience, social resilience and emotional resilience. Her purpose is to show that this nourishment can increase health and happiness, that people who have undergone trauma can actually experience “post-traumatic growth” rather than post-traumatic stress, and that people who have not endured a trauma can benefit from post-traumatic growth as well. Her stance is that gaming can actually help to eliminate the most common regrets of the dying. She makes a very convincing and entertaining argument to her primary audience of TED conference-goers and to her secondary TED Talk online video audience by building common ground, acknowledging and accommodating other points of view, citing studies and statistics, relating a powerful personal anecdote, and using modest but effective visuals. Mcgonigal builds rapport and common ground with her audience by giving a brief background of herself as a “gamer” and how she has a mission, during her talk, to increase the lifespan of every person in the room by seven and a half minutes. She explains that she is a strong advocate of the benefits of playing games, video games in particular. To appease skeptics, she then acknowledges objections she has heard
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Student 2 that games are a waste of time, and later in life, people will regret time spent playing games as “time wasted.” She promises a possibly incredulous audience that she will prove her claim with “the math,” which she briefly flashes on a PowerPoint slide. In addition, in a society that values youth, her appearance is effective - she is dressed in a spaghetti-strap top and a colorful flared skirt, which both convey the idea of youth.
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