After exploring the podcasts of The Memory Palace, I came across a master piece—episode 16, “Secret Kitty.” While the content of this composition does not pertain to my focal topic, it does have several key components that I would like to incorporate into my own audio creation. “Secret Kitty” is a heartwarming adventure of a spy cat who could not quite live up to the expectations of a knowledge-seeking society, and results in an untimely tragedy. The overall narration of the story captures the listener’s attention until the very last second.
Mission: To create a funny and entertaining story that is appealing to a large amount of people; however, through the use of rhetoric, it will also inform the public of the catastrophic effects of declawing.
Using the research that I have gathered, I will create a script for my audio composition that includes a fictional story, humor, and illustrates the argument towards my focal topic that declawing felines is inhumane. I do not want to create something that is boring. No one likes being forced to listen to something that is absolutely dreadful, so I’ll try my best to avoid that. Since a podcast consists solely of critical listening, and contains minimal visual components, it is extremely important that the topic and content is appealing to the audience. I will make sure to include a strong attention catcher to insure the audience’s undivided awareness. If nothing interesting is established within the first 10-15 seconds, there is basically no hope for the rest of the composition in the eyes of the public.
Music or atmospheric sound could heighten the emotional effect of my argument. This technique should be used sparingly, rather than the entirety of the audio recording. It would definitely backfire if someone used too many alternative sounds since it could become a distraction. Emphasis on certain points will be followed with distinctive and intentional silence in order to shape the rhetorical purpose of my creation. As I write the script, I will continually try to appeal to the audience using my spoken words. Before even starting the recording process, I’ll practice reading my essay out loud and making the necessary changes in order to insure a proper flow of sentences. It is also important for me to adjust my tone of voice. Unfortunately, I am a bit soft-spoken so I’ll have to figure something out to fix that; however, I have been told that while giving a speech, I have the potential to put the audience to sleep with my calm and collective voice…is that a bad thing? I’m not entirely sure.
No one can escape sound—maybe listening, but not sound. Overall, I just want to create something that people can have a laugh at, but also realize the rhetorical aspects of it.