Ames And Hedges

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Melissa Ames and Chris Hedges address the similar theme of political apathy in America, but deviate starkly in their respective audiences, tones, subjects, and methods of delivery. Because the authors possess differing viewpoints about the future of the country, are shaped by distinctive backgrounds and experiences, and have explored various unique concepts, one can detect a great degree of dissimilarity between the works in question. Even so, a thoughtful reader can also grasp quite a few similarities between their articles, “American Psychosis” and “Engaging ‘Apolitical’ Adolescents.”
The articles bear similarity in that they both discuss matters relating to America’s political system. Both works address the apparent disinclination of Americans …show more content…

The authors both making sweeping statements about the political nature of the United States, but Ames addresses a more concentrated demographic of American society than Hedges. The latter points the finger at the venal egotism of celebrity culture for entrancing the public into complacency, and at America’s political leaders for orchestrating the fact, but he also places substantial blame on the people at-large for allowing themselves to be captivated by the entertainment industry. Ames discusses an issue in which the Millennial generation stands as the focal point, but she speaks directly to the teachers of these adolescents due to their position of influence. Although today’s youth are proven to possess a spark of political energy through their own volition—displayed through their generation-wide interest in dystopian literature—an environment of learning and in-depth analysis provides the best opportunity for the novels’ underlying calls-to-action to strike a chord with their young …show more content…

Hedges appears outraged at and disappointed in the American people for allowing themselves to be deceived, while Ames believes the evidence confirming Millennials’ political aptitude provides a bright outlook for the future. Ames’ objective is to abdicate the younger generation of the deleterious sentiment projected at them, so she contracts a didactic tone that allows the reader to focus on the content of her words and contemplate the provided information. Hedges furnishes his descant of American society with rich imagery, using dramatically expressive syntax to appear as a prophetic storyteller of the country’s demise. With imperious condemnation he reels rapidly from accusation to accusation, using his assured eloquence to establish a sense of influence over the readers and invoke from them a sense of urgency and panic. He appears to have used this passionate tenacity for lack of any other substance to the article, relying primarily on the authority of pathos to validate his assertions.
Both works provide valuable insight into the political atmosphere of American society, but vary greatly in their intended message, usage of persuasive method, projected audience, and choice of tone. One can see resemblance, however, in the fact that the authors of both articles strive to spark a reaction in their readers and encourage change. In that regard, while Hedges’

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  • Analyzes how melissa ames and chris hedges address the similar theme of political apathy in america, but deviate starkly in their respective audiences, tones, subjects, and methods of delivery.
  • Compares ames' and hedges' articles on america's political system, stating that they both address the apparent disinclination of americans to participate in the political process.
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