Critical Reading – Ally Hodgson


00:00-00:12 I knew that if I didn’t get a transplant in time, my life was running out very rapidly.

  • This sentence is full of color, but he uses it to make the viewer feel for him. He wants the viewer to try to feel as he did and relate to his situation. He does this pretty well in this sentence.

00:13-00:16 Should organ donation be made compulsory?

00:17-00:34 My name is Oli Lewington and three years ago, I received a double lung transplant and I don’t believe that organ donation should be compulsory. I suffered from Cystic Fibrosis which destroyed my lungs to a point where the doctors believed I only had about two years left to live.

  • Again, Lewington is trying be relatable so people feel bad. I think they do. Unfortunately, most people have had someone close to them die. They can relate to him and his situation this way.

00:35-00:37 Cystic Fibrosis clogs the lungs and digestive system and causes difficulty breathing.

  • Just a fact for those who don’t know.

00:38-01:06 When I was put onto the transplant list, it was explained to me that the average waiting time was 18 months. I passed the two year mark and realized I was living on borrowed time. You’re essentially waiting for someone to die so that you can have a second chance. Every single time the phone rang, there was that brief moment in my head when I thought, could this be the moment that I’m going to be given a second chance at life?

  • Borrowed time? I don’t know about that.
  • As for waiting for someone to die, I feel like it was not wise for him to put that into his argument. That paints him in an unflattering light.
  • The use of the words second chance at life are effective. People naturally want to give others second chances at life.

01:07-01:10 After waiting 2 and a half years, Oli received a double lung transplant.

  • “Waiting” makes us feel bad for him.

01:11-01:48 I don’t think it will ever be possible to express to my donor family the gratitude I feel for the gift they’ve given me. For me, and many other transplant recipients, the idea that our donors consciously chose to give us the gift of life after they’d lost theirs is all important. It means the world to us to know that our donors wanted us to live on after they had died. By switching to a system of presumed consent, we are taking away that element of a gift and I wouldn’t want to take that away for anything.

  • I’m confused at how he knows what the other recipients think. Did he talk to them about it? How do we know?
  • If they do agree with him, I personally feel like if that’s how they feel, they must know something we don’t. It might be different than we can realize from the outside looking in.
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1 Response to Critical Reading – Ally Hodgson

  1. davidbdale says:

    In what way does this visual argument contribute to the controversy about whether organ donation should be mandatory or not, Ally? Your comments aren’t wrong, but they don’t do much to evaluate the strength of this video as argument.
    Grade Recorded.

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