Professional Writing Assignment #1 Paper

Meanwhile russells memo is far more straight forward

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Unformatted text preview: n Applied Mechanics, intends to ensure R.K. Lund that the seriousness of the current O ­Ring problem in the SRM joints is fully understood. By providing these words from an engineering standpoint, future dangerous outcomes are prevented and Boisjoly remains an authoritative figure in his business. Meanwhile, Russell’s memo is far more straight forward in purpose: he is simply answering questions pertaining to the SRM Field Joint Secondary Seal, which Jim Thomas had asked him during a Problem Review Board telecon in July. Similar to the purpose of Boisjoly’s memo, Russell’s words are written to enhance the credibility of the rhetor as well as the connection between him and his audience. By answering these questions, Russell proves that he is knowledgeable of this information and therefore, very qualified for his job. Contrastingly, the purpose of Boisjoly’s memo requires much more pathos than that of Russell’s, as sense of safety was to be evoked. Serving as an inside memo, use of emotions override use of statistics and the piece itself becomes interpretational. Boisjoly’s understanding of the audience’s vulnerability allows him to present more concern through pathos appeals. The most obvious example of this is showcased in paragraph five: “It is my honest and very real fear that if we do not take immediate action to dedicate a team to solve the problem with the field joint having the number one priority, then we stand in jeopardy of losing a flight along with all the launch pad facilities” (Boisjolyiii). This passage reveals to the audience that 6, September, 2012 Caitlin L. Rose Professor Laurence José Professional Writing 2 Boisjoly’s intentions with this memo are completely sincere (Particularly, in points such as “my...
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