Analysis Of The Article 'U Can' T Talk To Ur Professor Like This?

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Etiquette is defined by the society cohesively as the standard behavior of human interaction and the code of conduct to establish a respectful and courteous environment. As social media and text abbreviations have become normalized in the 21st century, the emergence of informality has alerted the assistant professor Molly Worthern and professor Lisa Wade. In the article, “U Can’t Talk to Ur Professor Like This,” Worthern highlights the prevalence of informality in the interaction between the students and professor. She urges the need of putting etiquette guidelines in the syllabus allowing students to follow the rules. Meanwhile, in the article “10 Things Every College Professor Hates”, Wade highlights college professors’ ten complaints toward…show more content…
Worthern further advances her claim by utilizing specific experiences of different professors. For example, she states the encounters from a Math professor Mark Tomforde as well as an English professor Angela Jackson- Brown to provide different perspectives to support her claim of the exacerbated use of informal language in conversing with professors. Professor Mark Tomforde reflects a moment,“There were also the emails written like text messages. Worse than the text abbreviation was the level of informality, with no address or sign off.” Through the narration of Professor Tomforde, who has taught over twenty decades, Worthern presents a believable witness of the transformation of how students address to the professor. It highlights students’ informality has exceeded the limit of being acceptable in a college environment in addition to the gradual disappearance of the value of respect. Similarly, Professor Jackson-Brown recalls, “deference has waned ...I go out of my way to not give them [ the students] access to my…show more content…
Worthern has created a sincere and serious tone to persuade her audience the importance of etiquette. The use of word choices like “stand up”, “vigilant defense” and “protect” shows her passion of establishing etiquette to include the “disempowered minorities” as well as to be the “guardians of civilization” due to the positive and protective connotation of the words. She also adopts a calming and informative tone to explain the significance and historical background of maintaining a respectful environment for both students and professors instead of creating an authoritative tone to doctrine and warn the students to discontinue their improper behavior. On the other hand, Wade adopts a demanding and sarcastic tone insisting upon the reader the proper behaviors of college students through colloquial language. The use of colloquial language although is effective because Wade’s intended audience is direct to students, she begins her list of “10 Things Every College Professor Hates” by the admonitory word “Don’t” which creates a satiric mood for the whole article. Wade coerces the reader to admit and accept her argument by appealing to the audiences’ guiltiness and criticizing the audience’s behaviors in academic environment. For example, “No, you didn’t miss anything

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