This Professor Helped His Student Ask Someone Out Using Aristotelian Rhetoric & The Internet Is Here For It
When it comes to the best dating advice, we normally think of magazines, websites, or maybe even asking a friend. But Jake, a 22 year-old student at Salt Lake Community college, decided to think outside of the box and asked his professor, Shannon Atkinson, for advice on how to ask a woman out. Using Aristotle's modes of persuasion, together they crafted the perfect message for asking someone out on a date.
Some background for those of us who are less-than-familiar with Religious Studies or Aristotelian rhetoric. Ethos, pathos, and logos make up Aristotle's modes of persuasion. (There's also kairos, but that's not as common so we don't need to get tangled up in that here.) Each of the three appeal to different areas in order to convince or persuade your audience. Ethos is the ethical appeal, meant to convince the audience of your character, pathos is the emotional appeal, directed at the emotions of the listener. And finally, logos is the the appeal to logic or reason. And how do the three combine to make a convincing argument? Well, take a look:
And it worked! And even though the main point is that it was successful, I think we all take a moment to acknowledge the fact that he Instagrammed stalked her hard and has to pretend he doesn't know certain information about her. He is all of us.
"My only real input into this whole thing was having him really appeal to the pathos part of the triangle and be sensitive and cognizant of the ‘details’ of her life situation, as often in rhetoric of this type that is what is going to put him over the top, so to speak," Atkinson told BuzzfeedNews. "This is where Jacob brought up how she was moving, he wanted to create a stress reliever, and then the kicker, her dog.... I thought including all three would appeal well to her pathos. The logos and ethos sides were pretty straightforward and he had these pretty much settled."
Oh, and just so you know, the date went great:
Because it worked so smoothly, the internet can't handle it. People are loving this dating advice and wanting to apply it themselves. Here's what the internet had to say:
1. The Emotional Investment
This was basically the entire internet. Nobody can get enough of how damn cute the whole thing is.
2. The Notetaker
There were so many people wanting to learn from his ways. Although I have to say, the ways don't seem that revolutionary. They've been around for thousands of years, after all.
3. This Woman Who Just Wants To Be A Part Of It
4. This Formatting Pedant
This is a horrific flashback to high school — and trying to fake a indentations and line spacings to reach that page count.
5. The Commander Of Taking Notes
EVEN OBAMA WANTS TO KNOW. Well, if you believe that GIFs are real life.
6. The Humility Of It
Burn. Although, maybe there's something to it — never be afraid to ask for help.
7. Total Respect
If Shia is clapping for you, you know you've done something right.
8. The Conspiracy Theories
9. A Copycat
I'm not sure that every professor would be able to give such good advice, but it's worth a shot.
10. A Wannabe Copycat
That is the tweet of a person who has not had much success.
11. This Twitter Fail
A victim of its own success! Life, and the internet, come at you fast. The secret is out.
I don't know if classic philosophers are always the best choice for dating advice, but you might as well give it a shot. What this shows it that you can look for guidance in unexpected places — and that the internet will always freak the eff out.