Wednesday, December 5, 2012
AP English language and composition
1 December 2012
Rhetorical Strategies Model
Claim: Facebook is a waste of time.
Illustrating Ideas by Use of Example
A vulnerable young man has a few minutes of free time. He picks up his phone and pokes at the big f app. Here’s what he encounters:
• His cousin has hung up her stockings. She posted a photo. Ugly stockings. Ugly fireplace.
• The ex-wife of his friend and mentor was just at Costco, shopping. She doesn’t understand why the sample lady had so much to say about potato chips.
• The guy from his favorite taqueria is very disappointed by the Chargers again. He uses offensive language to describe his frustration.
• His grandpa thinks Obama is going to take away his guns and make him live in a socialist commune with pot smoking, married, gay immigrants who just want government handouts.
• A former classmate is happy that her boyfriend gave her a stuffed animal.
• The son of a friend is “tired of all the haters.”
• Some friend of a friend is “pinterested’ in something unbelievably stupid and would be “the happiest person in the whole world” if she could go see the new shiny vampire werewolf movie.
• A middle-aged woman feels sad about a dog that had its face cut off by terrorists. But she feels inspired by somebody who lost weight.
• Lots of people like lots of stuff. Other people don’t like doing some things. Things like waking up. Doing homework. Waiting in line. Washing dishes.
He turns off his phone. What an efficient use of his time. He’s learned so much about the world.
Not all facebook users are alike; there are now over 1 billion of them. But one can classify them in terms of their use habits or their enthusiasm for posting updates. Some users are called . . .