Were I writing this essay, I would have likely taken the argument in an entirely different direction. Rather than disputing his claim by bemoaning his lack of evidence, I would have takenthe fight directly to his argument. Backed by solid evidence, I’d argue that millennials have been better prepared for the real world than most. By encouraging us from birth to follow our passion, the baby boomers have insured we have passions. This new generation has the creativity and educational upbringing to take on the challenges the real world presents. For even though we may not have faced the problems ourselves, we have learned to adapt and change to the variety of tasks thrown our way. In the immortal words of Don Draper, “Success comes from standing out, not from fitting in,” and millennials have learned to stand out. I would have done it this way because despite her well-written argument and analysis of Brooks essay, she fails to offer a true opposing argument until the very end.I love her title because she manages to criticize the man’s point in the first two words she writes. She immediately questions the validity of his ideas by implying they are to binary to apply to real life. I think this essay exemplifies the main lesson I’ve learned from class: the best essays are the ones where the writer takes an open-minded approach. Being able to at least consider the validity of opinions other than your own is a skill that lies at the heart of rhetorical analysis. It is as invaluable as it is hard to grasp.
- Fall '17
- Amy Adams