A Critical Analysis Of Disconnected Urbanism By Paul Goldberger

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One of the most significant advances in technology in recent times has been the invention of the cell phone. Cell phones have become a massive part of the world that people live in today. The ability to communicate with anybody in any part of the world whenever possible has been a substantial improvement to the way individuals live. Technology has allowed people to connect in more ways than ever before, but it is currently disconnecting people from the world right in front of them. Paul Goldberger’s essay “Disconnected Urbanism” incorporates multiple persuasive methods to be successful in effectively convincing its audience that cell phones have taken people away from the places around them. One effective technique Goldberger implements is his use of ethos. “Disconnected Urbanism” was originally published in Metropolis magazine ( ). The subscribers to this magazine are typically members of the “architecture and design industry” ( ). In the world of architecture, Paul Goldberger is known for being a Pulitzer Prize winning critic ( ). As a result, Goldberger appeals to the readers of the magazine by being an award-winning author that they can believe. Goldberger also incorporates a critical yet rational tone into his essay. By not being overly-emotional, he sounds more logical and reasonable, he is building his credibility, and the readers are more likely to be persuaded by is argument. In his essay, he acknowledges the opposing viewpoint that geographical locations

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