Robert Crumb A Short History Of America Analysis

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The main message of the comic, “A Short History of America”, is the change of America over time. For example, the first picture shows beautiful nature, then as the pictures continue they show that a house gets built. The pictures go on to show more houses that make a town, and eventually the town turns into a modern city. As an audience member, I would define my position as neutral, because I don’t know where I stand. For instance, I agree that the author Robert Crumb showed his audience that America really did change over time, but on the other hand not ALL of America looks like the city he depicted. With that in mind, I think the author is trying to reach an undecided audience, which makes us neutral. We cannot make up our mind, because America…show more content…
As an audience member, I would define my position as neutral, because I never have thought about this topic. Therefore, I don’t know where I stand. I think the author is trying to reach a neutral audience who are undecided and unaware, because he shows videos that are familiar to a general audience like a dancing video that most people have seen. He continues by saying there is a “new” approach by the law, which brings something to our attention we were not aware of. The appeal he is trying to reach, is patho, because he uses material that speak to the emotions. In general, since music is very powerful to people, the author uses videos with music. Also, he connects emotionally to me because he shows a clip from the movie, Bambi, which reminds me of my childhood. I find this argument persuasive, because he uses videos that relate to actions that any person would do. For example, he shared a video of a mom who filmed her baby and upload it to Youtube. He goes on and says that after a couple months, the Copyright of that music demanded her to take it down. In fact, this shows us and can persuade us that Copyright limited her creativity, and that it can take away the rights of creativity. If I were to change this example, I would make the author’s argument more clearly. For example, does he for sure think that Copyright takes away creativity? Or is he just bringing the laws to our awareness? Lastly, I would keep the videos and different examples he shared with the
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