Michael Short Comm 1 Paper

Michael Short Comm 1 Paper - Michael Short CS 1 Final...

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Michael Short 3-17-11 CS 1 Final Paper "The consummate teacher, he taught us that the best you are capable of is victory enough, and that you can't walk until you crawl, that gentle but profound truth about growing up”, Lew Alcindor, more commonly known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as he remembers his college basketball coach. John Wooden is undoubtedly one of the greatest basketball coaches to have ever graced the game. His credentials speak for themselves, 10 national championships, 88 straight victories, and players the likes of, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Bill Walton, and Keith Wilkes. However great John Wooden was as a basketball coach, this is not his most intriguing asset. Instead I am intrigued most by the way he lived his life everyday. At a TED conference in 2001, Wooden, at the age of 90, gave a speech on true success. He gave the speech to an auditorium of maybe 300 people. Speaking for a little over 16 minutes John Wooden, in his old age, remained seated the entire time, but regardless of his posture during the speech he commanded the audience’s attention and changed their views on success for the better. Propositional Statement: In the first sentence of John Wooden’s speech he lets the audience know that he will be talking about what success means to him. He says, “I coined my own definition of success in the year nineteen-hundred and thirty-four.” He digresses then to a story about being an English teacher in Indiana and the expectations both his students and parents
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had. By beginning his speech with a story, and using comedic anecdotes throughout, Wooden establishes a rapport with the audience as a raconteur. He keeps this relationship with the audience consistent throughout the entirety of his speech. In Wooden’s first statement he tells the audience that he has coined his own definition of success separate than that of Mirriam Webster’s, but it is not until the final sentence in his propositional statement that he defines it for the audience as, “Peace of mind attained through self satisfaction in knowing you gave the effort in doing the best you’re capable”. In recalling stories and poems that have impacted his life, the audience starts to gain a better understanding for Wooden’s definition of success before he begins articulating it. By framing his propositional statement in this way it makes it easier for the audience to understand and accept John Wooden’s articulated definition of success. I paralleled the way Wooden formulated his propositional statement to the way the film “Slumdog Millionaire” was formatted. The film opens and the audience knows the main character has done well on the television show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, because the police do not believe he has been cheating, as a poor boy could not have known all of the answers. The boy then describes several personal experiences. These life experiences teach him the answers to each question on the show. In doing this,
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