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Sullivan 1 Lea Marie Sullivan Professor Dorfield Eng 101-001 6 November 2007 Rhetoric in Mike Males’ “Stop Blaming Kids and TV” Mike Males is a senior researcher for the Justice Policy Institute and sociology instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In this article he discusses how the adolescent’s behavior is being blamed on the influence of media and television by using the persuasive appeal, logos the most. It appeals to logic, reasoning, and evidence. Males uses a great deal of sarcasm to counter the ideas and philosophies argued by the rest of society. The genre of the article is an essay, and the medium is print. The purpose of this essay is to inform the audience how children are influenced through their elders. Even though most of society believes the media is the reason for more adolescents engaging in adult like behaviors, it is really the older generations who influence these actions(281; 282;). When Males begins to state his issue, he uses sarcasm often. Evidence from James Baldwin, quoted from Nobody Knows My Name, he says, “Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them”(280). He says this state a strong point that children copy their role models. If your role model is a smoker, it makes the child want to smoke. If they are alcoholics, then chances are the child wants to be like their idol and start to drink alcohol when they have the chance. He then says, “ this basic truth has all but disappeared as the public increasingly treats teenagers as a robot-like population under sway of an exploitative media” (280). The “basic truth” is that even if young children do not listen, they still see and hear what is
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Sullivan 2 going on around them with the people they look up to as role models. Children and adolescents alike will copy the actions of their elders. When Males says, teenagers are “a robot-like population,(280)” he means that according to what society believes, teens cannot think for themselves. They are reliant on others and the media. By connecting teens to robots, Males also demonstrates that if teenagers are like robots then they always do what they are told when they are told due to what the media and society tells them. He uses this as sarcasm to persuade the reader to question the motives of society. Males draws attention toward White House officials to show how they address this topic and accuse the media of “programming kids to smoke, drink, shoot up, have sex, and kill” (280). By using the analogy, “programming kids, ” and “robots” White House officials use determinism to declare that the media can control whatever they want in today’s world. They are demonstrating once again that adolescents have no consciousness without the media’s influence. Males utilizes more sarcasm to state his point by saying “the average American child will witness…200,000 acts of (TV) violence by the time
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