Virginia claims that currently, individuals place more significance on the aesthetics of an object than ever before. She asserts that although personal and cultural context determines the effects that an object has on us. “We want our vacuum cleaners and mobile phones to sparkle, our bathroom faucets and desk accessories to express our personalities” (Postrel 315).  Personal perceptions also determine their interpretation of facts and definition of concepts such as what is good or bad.

To support her claim, Virginia provides data that includes the various aesthetics we expect and encounter in our daily lives.  She refers to desk accessories, mobile phones, vacuum cleaners, and mobile phones. Additionally, she offers expert opinions including extracts from David Brown.

Virginia utilizes ethos to create warrants that link her claim and data. Her expertise displays competence on the subject and inordinately strives to convince an audience through provision of credible evidence. Through the description of a world where individuals demand both function and beauty, a world that is fairly common to us, Virginia creates substantive warrants that compel us to believe in her claim.

Generally, aesthetics is a good thing. Through aesthetics, we differentiate ourselves from millions of others in the world or campus. For instance, I do not wish to have a laptop that is similar to other laptops in the campus. Although I am not the only apprentice with a red laptop, it signals that indeed I’m different. In my opinion, aesthetics makes things more appealing to our eyes. However, I categorically do not believe aesthetics to be a good thing when it is perceived to be more imperative than quality or substance. Possessing a red laptop is great; but there is no point of having it if its performance is loathsome as compared to a silver laptop. Aesthetics can and should be considered, but quality must first be ascertained and taken care of.