Analysis of “Apology” from the New York Times

Overall I really enjoyed this piece. There was a clear flow of the information and it was very well structured. The hosts begin by talking about their personal appearances of times where they said sorry or should have sorry, which creates an appeal of ethos. This was helpful, but I also felt like it was kind of excessive because I don’t quite feel like it is necessary to apologize for things that happened in elementary school when people don’t remember things from that age. They then talked about how music and movies and many other forms of entertainment show the message of not saying sorry. All of the topics flow well together but I feel like the hosts were too scripted. It felt like the hosts we just reading off of a script and were being too professional. I believe that podcasts should be more informal because it’s kind of like having a discussion with people, which is not very serious. I’d almost rather hear a slip up words and mistakes rather than having it perfect.

Personally I feel like they were too harsh towards Kevin Hart because the tweets were from so long ago, but I do agree that someone should do more than just tweet an apology. I liked how they added the history of apologies because they actually weren’t sorry and they were filled with mockery. After going through many bad apologies, they give tips for good apologies. I really appreciated this part of the podcast because it was very helpful. In this part they turn to second person point of view and tell the audience what to do. This makes the audience feel like they are being directly talked to, which is important for a podcast. They then take a call with an old childhood friend of one of the hosts and I honestly felt like it was a bit too emotional. It didn’t really feel like it was that emotional of a thing to be told because the woman didn’t even remember the events, but when the host said something, all of the sudden the woman remember and started crying. I felt like this was a little over exaggerative for something as small as a bully when you were a little kid.


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