Reflection

In the making of my project, I learned a lot about the making of a podcast. I listened to several example podcasts to determine the style and theme of my own podcast I would be producing. I didn’t want to produce a motivational podcast or the kind where I am primarily using ethos in an attempt to engage the listener, but rather I knew that my audience was people who had at least a general interest in science and scientific communication. Therefore, I wanted to engage the audience simply through logos and ethos, creating a logical argument and backing it up with strong examples from the supporting texts. I found the most successful aspect of my project to be the analysis of the two texts and the way in which they supported my argument. While they were very different and displayed a contradiction, their opposing views served very well to highlight the importance of self-awareness to science. Although I discuss it in the presentation of my project, if I could do it again, I would include more analysis of the mediums through which the two texts are presented in the podcast. The Nautilus article was presented in article form because it appealed to more of the scientific community and attempted to go in-depth on an analysis of the connection of the brain and the body while running and traversing uneven terrain. The History Channel documentary was presented in video form because it was more directed to the general public and was more of a general discussion of how the different parts of the brain worked. While the section I analyzed was more specified to how the brain responds to fear and stress, the overall documentary explored many aspects of the brain. In all, I believe my podcast accurately conveyed the scientific value of self-awareness. A podcast allows me to appeal to a wide variety of listeners because of its accessibility and the ease of listening to something as opposed to watching or reading it. Furthermore, it emphasizes the appeals of logos and ethos while limiting the ethos.

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