Elizabeth Small Mika- Lindsey Ouellette Rhetoric and Composition 2 October 7, 2016 Precis The Situation Daniel Hamermesh is a successful Economist, who has taught at many institutions throughout his career. He worked as a professor of economics at Royal Holloway, University of London, research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and research associate at the Institute for the Future of Laboratory. Most recently, he was at the University of Texas at Austin, where he wrote the article, “Americans Work Too Much, and That Needs to Change.” This piece was written on Sept. 2, 2014, and was mainly for the college students at the University of Texas. These students will all one day be a part of the American workforce, and will need to know about the problems that American laborers face. The rhetorical situation for this piece is the author using facts and statistical data to get his point across. This article was published in Texas from the University of Texas at Austin, under the piece, “Texas Perspectives.” The kind of readership this publication has is young adult, college educated readers. It is a student run news publication that has both opinion pieces and news pertaining to the campus and events around Texas. The author uses his past experiences and the information he gained from his studies as an Economist. The author really points towards this piece being directed towards hardworking Americans.
Hamermesh was very straightforward with this article. The target audience is the workforce that runs the United States of America. The purpose of this article was to educate unknowing people on the time spent in the workplace all throughout the country. This piece was written in 2014, at a time when the economy in America was struggling. This article seemed like it was meant to shed light on the influx of hours worked by the middle and lower class to other Americans who work long hours. The author also used this article to argue for the Americans in undesirable situations or at inconvenient times. The educational background of these people range from a middle school education to a doctorates degree. Mainly though, this article is targeting the people, regardless of their education level, who work 40+ hours a week, just to make ends meet.