The essay, by William F. Buckley is designed to the audience of the American people. He starts by attempting to connect to the audience by using personal anecdotes. He uses strong ironies and forms of humor, to keep the audience interested, followed by strong morals and lecturing on why this situation was wrong, and how he could have approached it.
William F. Buckley being William F. Buckley shows his strong personality, through his writing. He grabs the reader and never let’s go until he gets his point across. He barrages the reader with many anecdotes, in hopes that one will be relevant or connect to the audience.
For instance, when he was in the movie theater, the screen was blurry and he could not see. He connected his wife into the story, which helps connect to an audience that is married. Not only that but he throughout the all the anecdotes one major theme keeps reappearing, and that is complacency. Basically the American people are sheep (in a way) whom follow each other and think to depend on others who are also just followers. Like in the movie theater, no one complained about the movies blurriness. Which upset Buckley but also gives him a good anecdote.
Another example was when he was in the train and it became extremely hot, and no one would open windows. This example is very general which is able to connect to a large array of people. He talks about complacency again, and how no one would speak up. Overall this style of writing can be compared to the previous essay of Tannen’s. Where they both site anecdotes and follow with either a base foundation, or statistics. This shows writing at a high level, of persuasion and insight to surroundings and events.