28 November 2008
Analyzing an Argument
Title: Wired Shut? Teens in Their Own High-Tech World
Author: Annie Finnigan
Position and Purpose
What is the writer’s position or claim? Why does he/she think it is important?
Tech is a very powerful thing and it could provide essential skill for the future. She thinks it is important because technology is not only supporting or encouraging self-expression and creativity, it is also providing unprecedented peer support.
What does the writer hope to accomplish with his/her claim? What benefits would be realized or what problems would be eliminated?
She hopes to accomplish that parents should not be freaking about how their child is using the technology and internet. Kids would build better relationship and they would express their feelings better because they are learning how to cross the digital age to get familiar.
What arguments does the writer offer FOR his/her claim (the pros)?
The writer offers that the kids could be more affable, and learn how to express their feelings. Also they could get educational experiences that they could not find in any other places.
What evidence (facts/statistics, personal examples, expert testimony) does the writer offer in support of his/her arguments?
In every topic, the writer mentions the facts/statistics about the evidences to support her arguments. For example, under the topic “Too Much Information?” it states that “‘If kids can tune in to only one thing at a time, they’ll be dysfunctional in the workplace.’ Even Russell Poldrack, Ph.D., the psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, whose recent study showed that people learned best when zeroing in on one thing at a time, is encouraging.”
What arguments AGAINST his/her claim does the writer recognize? What are the counterarguments? What does the writer say in rebuttal to these counterarguments?
Like evidences, arguments against...