Answer the 2 questions after each prompt 4 questions in all.
We learned in this chapter that Aristotle argued that source credibility (ethos) was composed of three dimensions: good character, goodwill, and intelligence. To have the maximum level of credibility, a source would need to be perceived as having all three characteristics.
1.)When we think of today’s popular political figures, i.e. Donald Trump and Barack Obama, based on Aristotle’s dimensions of source credibility, who would you determine is a credible source and why? (Your answer does not need to be one of my examples listed.)
2.)Based on this same criteria, would you consider yourself to be a credible source?
This chapter properly defines credibility. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, one institution faced a lot of controversies: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I used to follow the news, and the CDC would announce something one day, and they would say something different in the following days. I understand that COVID-19 has been a challenge for all institutions worldwide. However, the CDC is the national public health agency of the United States. It is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. People should expect accurate scientific information from this institution. One can apply the concept of Aristotle’s approach, ethos, pathos, and logos. The CDC (ethos) has been criticized for not properly analyzing its information regarding the pandemic. At the same time, logos (their messages) was so vague at the beginning. Most of the guidelines changed within a few weeks. The justification: this virus is new. Pathos (emotions) has a vital component here. Currently, the United States has the most cases and deaths from COVID-19, according to Worldometer (
People in the U.S. (which is supposed to have one of the most advanced health systems in the world) lose trust in the institution that should be leading prevention because of continuous changes in the protocol related to the virus.
My questions are:
1. Does King Charles III have enough credibility to reign over the United Kingdom? He is the legitimate heir of Elizabeth II, but does his past related to Diana of Gales when he cheated on her affect his trustworthiness?
2. Does the Catholic church have enough credibility to say that abortion is a crime? The Bible does not talk about abortion, and the Catholic Church historically has been an institution led by men. So, how can they determine which choice is best for women if they don’t have spouses or daughters?