The article by Farhad Manjoo
The article by Farhad Manjoo on spelling errors shows that technology has influenced almost every aspect of life and often becomes a source of controversy. The author concentrates on arguing that spelling mistakes have always existed and goes back in history to prove that many American presidents did make spelling mistakes during their terms in office. From the article, it is evident that the message to the readers was to make them understand that the message being conveyed by an individual carries more weight than his or her ability to spell the words correctly. The article is written convincingly especially drawing to past historical events and use of relevant examples.
The article appeals to the reader’s emotions through the sense of humor. The author uses his wife’s reaction to his statement that spelling mistakes can always be forgiven to show how many people are annoyed by those who make orthographic mistakes irrespective of whether they do it in a formal or an informal environment. The author also uses the funny moment when his wife was upset and even refused to talk to him because he was supporting the idea of people making spelling mistakes to show how serious people take the issue of spelling. The humor extends to the editor’s response that the author should listen to his wife when it comes to the spelling subject matter. From the author’s correct use of humor the readers and entertained but at the same time deeply understand why the article is relevant as it covers things that people observe in their daily lives.
When reading through the article by Manjoo, it is evident that he has an appeal to credibility. He has strived to convince the readers that his claims are based on solid research and not mere speculations. At one point, he states that he researched and read a book by an Oxford professor and even talked to him to understand the history of politicians making the wrong spellings and whether spelling was related to intelligence. It is from the research that he builds the article to drive his point home that is writing the wrong spelling especially on social media can be tolerated. The fact that the article is founded on some research and not only from the opinions of the author makes the reader more convinced that spelling mistakes have been repeated at different times in history and are to some extent a part of life, especially for politicians. Adding notable figures in history such as Abraham Lincoln that most readers know further helps in persuading the reader that the article is founded on some historical truth.
Throughout the article, the examples used by the author emphasize the same point that spelling mistakes cannot be used as a measure of an individual’s performance at work or achievement in life. The examples of former presidents Obama and Abraham Lincoln are carefully selected to show that despite making spelling mistakes on some occasions, the individuals are still great leaders. Since the author is motivated by people who criticized Trump over his spelling mistakes on Twitter. By choosing former presidents, Manjoo has managed to logically change the mind of the readers and make them believe that spelling mistakes can be made even by those who appear to have a perfect mastery of the English. The article is also persuading by bringing out the fact that people have different abilities and therefore uses logic to suggest that it is expected that some people will be good in spelling when compared to others.
The article focuses more on the spelling mistakes made on the Internet, and it is a smart way of not attracting many negative reactions from the readers. By confining himself to supporting spelling mistakes on twitter because it is fashionable, the author appears to understand the environment and his target group. Given that the article is to be read by teachers’ students and other professionals, it would have been a mockery for the article to encourage spelling mistakes in schools and other formal places where spelling is critical. The author understands that social media sites such as Twitter are mostly used for entertainment and, therefore, tolerating spelling mistakes is understandable given the explanations contained in the article.
Evidently, the article gives many reasons as to why spelling mistakes can be tolerated because they are normal but is silent on the negative side of making spelling mistakes. The author appears to have deliberately avoided mentioning anything about the importance of writing the correct spelling. The article would have had much credibility if the author had started by acknowledging the fact that writing the correct spelling is important. Although the article has applied logical reasoning to explain why spelling mistakes can be tolerated, some readers may detect some biases because the author never appreciates that sometimes spelling does matter. It would be shocking to some people reading an article that normalizes spelling mistakes all through especially for the readers that some spelling mistakes can change the meaning of a sentence and mislead people. Therefore, the article delivers its message on why people that make spelling mistakes should not be judged harshly but the biases evident from the article may put some doubts in the reader’s minds on whether the author was completely honest in his work. The perceived bias can be misinterpreted as the author defending Trump and blind the readers from seeing its intended purpose.
Conclusively, the article was able to deliver the message that spelling mistakes are not to be taken seriously as some people believe in a clear and concise manner. The article is also well organized flowing from one point to the other.