The Computer Science Persuasive Remix: A Literary Twist In The Field

Today I was given the task of finding a remixed article that relates to computer science. What I ended up stumbling upon was a computer science graduate’s personal trials and blessings with the field enumerated in somewhat of a bullet point format. In her Huffington Post article found here, Vinamrata Singal describes what drew her to the field, how it changed her daily life, and what tends to drive people away. While this story relies heavily on anecdotes, however, Singal seems to be every bit as eager towards encouraging others to join the ranks of computer scientists as she is to telling her love story concerning the field.

One of the most alarming differences between Singal’s work and what you’d find in a typical scholarly article is a high amount of pathos and ethos, with a much lower concentration on logos. The prime example of pathos would be her contradicting promises of the prospective computer scientist to feel “like a God” as well as being prone towards harboring regret for choosing the field as a major. I also found logos and ethos to play an equal role when considering the vast plethora of anecdotes she provides in her writing. The entire article is essentially a memoir to some extent. It should be taken into consideration that this is more focused towards an audience unfamiliar with computer science, but these literary differences are significant and should most certainly be taken into consideration when pondering the writing of Computer Science. Singal begins establishing ethos right off the bat by beginning with the narrative of her experiences going into the field.  One of these stories describes a scenario where her Computer Science professor explained to the class that a company known as Valley would be more than capable of hiring her entire university, and even then wouldn’t have enough employees.

While this story may not be significantly canonical with what you’d find in the literary realm of computer science, it certainly fulfills the criteria of being a remix in the sense that Ms. Singal takes her personal experiences and anecdotes, then uses them to develop a structured piece of work to tell a story of those experiences.


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