The blog part of this “blog”:
I would first like to start off this blog by stating that I really miss when these blog prompts used to be less dry and vastly more enjoyable to write. While understanding wealth distribution is important and all, I really don’t think blogs such as the one I’m about to write are going to encourage any of us AP III students to want to procure any sort of blog or other form of writing outside of school due to schematic connections of blog=boring. I want my blog to be about what I think….not a short essay about a video or question that really only has one correct answer. I don’t want to be judged on how well I answer the same question everybody else is—I want to be judged on how my own individual thoughts make readers feel!
Okay, rant over. I hope someone with authority over these blogs reads that but I doubt anybody will.
Now for the “blog” in a response to this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM) on wealth distribution in relation to The Grapes of Wrath and The Great Gatsby:
Prior to watching this video, I pretty much already knew how skewed our distribution of wealth is in America. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer yada yada yada. However, I did not consider how the rich’s perception of the distribution might affect wealth distribution itself. In The Great Gatsby, despite the story taking place in the 1920’s, Tom and Daisy and Gatsby and Wolfsheim…they all knew they were filthy rich, obviously. But did they know how filthy rich they were in comparison to….George Wilson, perhaps?….or to the guy selling dogs on the street? Probably not. If they knew that they had enough money to screw up the whole economy, would they have done something different? Would they have tried to start a charity or maybe donated to help the poor? After thinking about this, it makes me wonder if the book should be called The Great Ignorance instead….
On the other hand, despite a lack of education, the folks in The Grapes of Wrath probably had a better understanding of wealth distribution than the rich characters in The Great Gastby. The Joads felt firsthand what it was like to be on the bad end of a sinking ship. Steinbeck is really good at creating this image of the bankers and Californians as being these monsters that have no understanding for hardship. I guess one of the first steps to solving this problem is awareness: If the monsters saw and experienced how the Joads lived, there probably would have been some sort of change in heart.
In respects to ethos, pathos, and logos, you can really see all three throughout this video. A lot of credibility is created by the author (is that the right word?) staying neutral and not really giving an incentive for the country to do one thing over another. Logically, the video is quite appealing, using numbers and comparing the drastic differences between perception and reality to bring to attention that most of the United States is unaware of the world we are living in. The emotional part of this is kind of unstated but the fact that the top 1% of the country has 40% of the wealth and the bottom 80% only has 7% pretty much leaves a bad feeling in anybody’s gut.
One thing I found interesting in this video was the guy’s accent. He sounded Canadian but maybe not too Canadian, y’know? Maybe he’s from like a big city in the South of Canada or maybe even Vermont or something?