In Al Gore’s “The Assault on Reason,” many topics are presented to get his argument across. Gore’s thesis is not fully revealed in the essay, but one can infer it is about the people needing to wake up and realize what is happening. He wants people to ask questions, get reasoning, be a fully informed citizen. For example, Gore states "More and more people are trying to figure out what has gone wrong with our democracy, and how we can fix it." (Gore 9) Describing the tons of people worried and fearful about our government.
Instead, the resulting society reduces people to mindless robots marking time to an oppressive government’s regimented schedules.” (May). American society today there are protesters who fight in what they believe is right for the people in the union. For example, benefits that includes 401K, dental insurance and life insurance. People need to take a stand to encourage others to follow along or to make a long-lasting imprint to what their fighting for. May states “His outrage at the ludicrousness of sociopolitical fads and the stupidity of the people who support them are both at play in this story.” (May).
In this passage, Leonid Fridman expresses his concerns, regarding how the word "geek’" or “nerd" is used as a derogatory term rather than a complimentary term. Fridman develops his argument by using rhetorical devices such as hyperboles, rhetorical questions, and juxtaposition to emphasize his reasoning. He explains how there is a flaw within the system of values in our society that thinks of nerds as social pariahs. Throughout the passage, Fridman compares “nerds” to those who not identify as not being a nerd. The juxtaposition of these two opposites, help clarify Fridman’s argument that “nerds” should not be ridiculed for wanting to study rather than expanding their social status.
“America Needs its Nerds” Analysis Leonid Fridman’s use of irony, the rhetorical triangle, and rhetorical questions in his article “America Needs its Nerds” develops his argument that American society should be more accepting of intellectuals. His tone is critical of society’s values, which is seen through his use of phrases such as, “there is something very wrong with the system of values,” (1). Through his reference to Harvard University, a “prestigious academic institution” (11), he demonstrates that society tends to look down upon intellectuals by revealing that many students are “ashamed to admit” (13) the amount of time they spend on their studies. The fact that even at Harvard, a school known for its focus on intellectualism, students still perpetuate the anti-intellectualism stereotype shows the extent of the problem with the values of America’s current society. Additionally, he
Krakauer’s anecdotes evoke an emotional response from the reader, yet the readers see they dictate his personal view of Chris. Krakauer also infers from interviews, knowledge, and experience about Chris which creates his bias. Further, Krauker includes research that defends Chris’
It shows that he is not a enslaved monkey in a science lab, but the arrogant monkey who refuses to do the tests. He shows the people around him what it feels like to be independent, and the feeling of color. Here is a quote to represent the curiosity about him, “What -- even if we have to burn for it like the Saint of the pyre -- what is the Unspeakable Word?” (Rand 57) “For this wire is a part of our body, as a vein torn from us, glowing with our blood. Are we proud of this thread of metal, or of our hands which made it, or is there a line to divide these two?” (Rand 5.10) This quote above shows that he will do anything for his invention, electricity. He will go as far as almost die with it.
In the article Krauthammer is trying to convince Americans, the reader that we freaked out to 9/11. He uses this whole article to show that we “overreacted”. He stated that this overreaction came from our fear which was understandable but not necessary. Krauthammer thinks that we Americans dramatized or exaggerated what
Merton. The theory states that society puts pressure on individuals to achieve socially accepted goals (such as the American dream) though they lack the means, this leads to strain which may lead the individuals to commit crimes. Two major concerns in strain theory are the sources of the strain, stress or how people adapt to the strain. Positivism are theories of social and structure are strain theories. We see that this theory is also a macro level theory.
Media is focused on people marginalized in society due to race, ethnicity and sexuality. It is based on well-known stereotypes and reinforces them. Moral panic sends society into mass hysteria over an issue or an event that occurs. Stanley Cohen believed that media created a moral panic. Stanley had published a book on folk devils and moral panics (1972) which says that moral panic occurs due to people or groups become threats to society and interests.
Society plays a huge role in helping us believe what is thought to be right vs wrong or good vs bad. The author, Brent Staples, writes in his article, “Just Walk on By,” gives an insight of what society is really like. Staples shows how much the U.S. has changed and what has stayed the same. Staples does this by appealing to emotions and using ethos as a way to connect to the audience. The author uses this to explain his message which is that he believes that society affects the way we see people and makes many people immediately assume that someone is a particular thing based on how their appearance.
In Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s article, The Coddling of the American Mind, both authors are ASSERTING that the general public uses the use of what they call trigger warnings entirely too much. Lukianoff and Haidt BELIEVE that the extended use of trigger warnings is leading to a degraded and fragile state of mind. As a social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt has made several observations concerning the overall elevated concern for the emotional well being created by the public and for the public. Co-author Greg Lukianoff also has some background credibility as CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Together, both Lukianoff and Haidt have formed an article that poses the question of whether trigger warnings are causing
Obviously, Mike is honestly anxious about something. He believes our strategy with regards to Israel and Saudi Arabia, is becoming excessively unfruitful. “I’d dump the Israelis tomorrow”, he reasons that the only way towards fixing the issue of misinforming the public about the costs of war (dead Americans) is through breaking ties with Israel and deserting Saudi Arabia. People do not agree with women’s rights so let them be. Interventionism is not so far off from something like the tyrannical nature of bullies around the middle school playgrounds of the United States, poking around in other people’s business, reminiscent of authoritarian leaders of the past.
When you hear the word nerd, what image appears in your mind? Is it a lonely bairn with glasses, a bow tie, and suspenders who is extremely intellectual and enjoys computers and mathematics? This is the stereotypical nerd. A real nerd, however, does not necessarily need to fit this distinct mold that is set by society. I believe that due to this common portrayal of a nerd, the true definition is misunderstood and incorrectly applied.
Another place Zinser uses emotional appeal is when he wrote, “Journalist, like Tom Fenton have blamed the media for failing to anticipate the pre-9/11 threat posed by terrorism” (Graff 364). By saying that the media is at fault for not anticipating the pre-9/11 threat he, Tom Fenton, believes that the media should be taken very seriously and are “in charge” of picking up clues from the people and places they are reporting on. Since Zinser uses this he is using Tom Fenton’s emotions on the subject to get the reader’s attention. This article used ethical appeal, logical appeal, and emotional appeal to grab the audience’s attention. As a whole, logical appeal was used predominantly, and emotional appeal used .
The nativists in America thought that the immigrants would ultimately affect the future generations of American born citizens. The reason being is because the nativist held the immigrants responsible for the many negative actions in American society. Hence, the