Geoffrey Chaucer Remixed II

Upon review of the satirical website, Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog, which pays tribute to the late and great  poet Chaucer, I found myself laughing out loud, imagining this dialogue coming from the old Englishman. This blog represents a perfect example of modern remix. Not only does it add a contemporary twist to the legendary stories and the very character of Chaucer himself, but it retains a conventional sense of authenticity as it uses primitive English in it’s content. In the first passage, entitled Dimanche, one finds themselves translating Middle-English text while being simultaneously confronted with neo-digital terminology such as twitter and tweet. This style creates a fun and humorous twist to a renown and historical literary figure.

While reading this blog post you can see multiple elements at work. The author uses the concept of logos and ethos in order to establish the validity of his blog. The concept of logos draws on logic, or persuasion by use of reasoning. In order to see logos in the piece, we must first examine the purpose of the blog. The author attempts to convince the audience that he is Chaucer by the extensive use of Middle English in his text. By the use of this language he is attempting to influence the audience in reasonably deducing that he is, indeed, Chaucer. This use of reasoning outlines his use of logos.

The author also uses the concept of Ethos, or the establishment of credibility. By drawing on various renown names or previous works, one can attempt to influence the audience by adding a reciprocal sense of importance to their work. The author of this blog mentions King Richard as being a personal friend. A name drop like this, in the time of Chaucer, would establish a great deal of credibility. In his post, Dimanche, the author mentions the Tales of Canturbury, which further establishes ethos because this work of literature is one of Chaucer’s more famous works.

Though the author uses logos and ethos in his work, it does pose certain problems. One being that the majority of his audience is aware that Chaucer and the Middle English era have long since passed. Because of this, it is hard to establish logos and reasoning in his work. For this same reason, it is difficult for the author to establish credibility because the audience knows that he is not Chaucer, and therefore may not trust his use of ethos.

The author provides a humorous and fun twist to an important literary character and by doing so, opens the door for new audiences to experience the works of Chaucer. Though the author may convince few that he is Chaucer, he can at least introduce the classic poems to an interested new generation of people.

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