Sammy Schryver26 October 2015Speech #2SelfiesPurpose: To inform the audience about selfies in today’s culture. Thesis: To understand the rise of selfies in our culture, the reasons so many take selfies, and the result of taking selfies.Organizational Pattern: TopicalI.IntroductionA.Attention Getter: Looking at these two pictures, which one are you more afraid of? Jumping into the ocean with no idea of what potential predators exist under the dark water? Or taking a simple selfie? I am sure many of you will agree with me that the shark is way more terrifying. Last year there were 8 deaths due to shark attacks. Shockingly, there were 12 deaths due to taking selfies. An American woman fell to her death while taking a selfie on a cliff in South Africa. Three Indian students were killed by a train while taking a selfie on train tracks. And a Japanese tourist died falling down the stairs while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal. These are just five of the twelve deaths that occurred dueto selfies. B.Relevance Statement: Selfies rarely result in catastrophes like these, but selfies have become very prevalent in society over the last five years. C.Credibility: As a 19-year-old college student; I see selfies being taken all the time, whether it is walking to class, going shopping, or being around my friends, I am surrounded by those taking selfies. And I cannot lie, but I myself am a culprit of this guilty pleasure. D.Thesis: To understand the rise of selfies in our culture, the reason so many take selfies, and the result of taking selfies.