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Elements of ToneJack NiesonCOM 101Anna ParkerOctober 31, 2018Beyond the subject matter of an article, the tone and perspective expressed by the author
Elements of Tone1can have a significant impact on what a reader takes away from a given text. That is to say the delivery of the information is just as important as the information itself. Tone is expressed through elements such as diction, imagery, and facts that are presented as well as omitted. In each of the articles studied, the tonal elements parallel the information and subject matter well.Diction is defined as, “choice of words especially with regard to correctness, clearness, oreffectiveness.” (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2016). Diction can be used by an author to set the tone of a piece of writing in order to effectively impact the reader in a specific way. For example, in an article titled: “‘Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia” author Paul Lewis chooses to use certain phrases such as “There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called ‘continuous partial attention’...” (Lewis, 2017). The use of the word addicting comes with a negative connotation, inferring that being on one’s phone and more specifically spending a large amount of time on social media is seen as an illness and a problem. Lewis uses this word becausehe is trying to communicate to the reader that social media is bad and will eventually lead to a dystopia as mentioned in the title of the article. Another example of diction is featured in Jose Bautista’s article titled: “The Cycle”. In his article Bautista uses the phrase, “...