Wednesday, April 12, 2006

1) Identify his argument for each "article"4) Examine how Schlosser ties his points, his narrative, his argument together. What insights have you gained about his organization (review your outlines)5) Discuss Schlosser's manner of persuasion. To what degree is it overt? Insinuated?6) Begin thinking about how you might create a similar piece. What persuasive, narrative, informative, and organizational elements might you include in your "Journal Article" assignment?

"On the Range"
Schlosser makes a statement on the replacement of the sanctuary of the past with the newere, more sinister future. Hank's past life becomes synonymous with his life, and thus when his life ends, his life ends, so to speak. Scholsser organizes his chapter with divisions that each begin with more general information that zeroes in on Hank specifically as the main point of the section is brought into view. While the style is overt, the presentation allows for a subtle presentation of information, tying the general infomation into its applicable, and real-life-affecting capabilities. I could potentially use this in my paper, presenting larger information, statistics and theories before relating it to personal experience.

"The Founding Fathers"
Schlosser treats the reader to an intimate view of the world of fast-food in the making, providing the reader with a view from humble beginnings to coporate takeovers. Specifically, though, we are treated to the life and times of Carl. Through the entire narrative we grow with Carl through his life, sharing in his ups and downs, his triumphs, and failures. We come to identify with Carl--he becomes familiar to us. In this way, what becomes the enemy to Carl becomes the enemy to the reader--we effectively see the world through Carl's eyes. Thus, Schlosser does not overtly tell the reader what is right and what's wrong, instead using our connection to Carl do the judging for us. I like the feeling of ambiguity there, that the writer doesn't TELL the reader what to think, but instead lets the reader adopt the views of a familiar character.

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