Rhetorical Analysis Of The Collapse Of Big Media By David Mindich

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Rhetorical Analysis of the Essay by David Mindich The purpose of a persuasive essay is to convince the readers to agree with the view points of the writer or to accept the recommendations the writer suggests for a course of action. This is evident in the essay written by David T. Z. Mindich, The Collapse of Big Media: The Young and the Restless published in the Wilson Quarterly in 2005. Mindich uses several forms of persuasion to constitute a response from his readers and influence their views. His essay has an obvious purpose and includes the three primary tactics of argument based on Aristotle’s concept: “appeals based on the trustworthiness of the speaker (ethos), appeals to good reason (logos), and appeals to the emotions and deepest held values of the audience (pathos).” (Backpack Writing, pg.162) Mindich communicates his ideas using these concepts through his credentials, personal experiences, factual evidence, and style which make him a reliable source on the subject of the detachment of America’s youth from news media and what can be done to improve it.

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