Hutcheon was a very reliable narrator because of her professional background and impressive reputation. She started off with a clear admittance of a single mistake she made which allows the readers to gain a trust in her credibility and emphasizes how rarely she makes mistakes. She also used first person pronouns when expressing her own opinion. She clearly gives credit and states when she is referencing other people’s ideas. This is similar to Bateson’s article as the structure to share points are the same. They state their opinion and then use someone who has a very credible and impressive reputation to help back up their opinion. They both use a very wide range of topics such as biology and mythology to help convey their message to a very wide range of readers. The use of rhetorical questions helps Hutcheon persuade the readers while not taking away their option of free will and choosing options against the articles message.
Both Hutcheon and Bateson use the word competition as humans fighting to survive during Anthropocene. Bateson main message is about trying to eliminate competition between humans and trying to show how we should be united and working to survive as the Anthropocene age. The rough connections between both articles are very strong but when analyzing the main points we can see that the points themselves are very different, although the strategy to express the points are the same.
In Josiah’s post I found that we both agreed on “the wolfish apollo” being an incorrect choice to portray her point to the reader in the beginning of her article. Wolves being dominant animals that arguably control their communities shows the emphasis on how much power the word rhetoric has. Bateson disagreed with competition against each other. This can not be possible as Josiah said, “nature would indeed collapse on itself”. Bateson argued that even the most fundamental and microscopic organisms work together and without that, nothing would exist. Hutcheon’s main message was that competition can be destructive and I personally agree however nature still needs a little competition in order to keep social systems and institutions alive. Bateson’s main message was that we need to work together, when reading Hutcheon’s article I felt as if this was reinforcing Bateson’s message.