BY JAMES FULLER
Friday, November 12, 2010
BY JAMES FULLER
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The author chose to cover a new zombie series on AMC called 'The Walking Dead'. She did so in a very lighthearted manner by using the following points:
COMEDY: CLEVER PICK UP LINE
Right off the bat, he captures attention with a clever pick up line: "The one good thing about the walking dead is that they don’t drive." Not only is the author being funny, but proving a point leading up to the first counter arguement.
POINT, COUNTER-POINT: VAMPIRES VS. ZOMBIES
The author proposes which is better: vampires or zombies? He points out that the vampire have been the most popular 'monster' for quite some time with shows like "Twilight" and "True Blood." She goes on to say that zombies have been under-rated in the realm of monsters and are making their way back into pop culture.
PERSUASION: ZOMBIES TO BECOME THE NEXT CRAZE
Once the author persuaded me to believe why zombies are a better breed of monster than vampires, she pleaded her point on why this zombie show in particular is more accurate than others in the past. 'The Walking Dead' is a "straight tale of horror" rather than just a spoof in comparison to films like 'Zombieland.'
Friday, October 29, 2010
BY: KER THAN
SHOCKING STATEMENT, SUPPORTING THEORY
Nothing says read me like 'the world is going to end'. The author catches the reader with this blunt title and lead. He then goes on to describe the supportive theory. Although, he doesn't just state the theory like we the reader are just supposed to know. Instead, he explains the theory as if we were dummies to it. This helps me, the most unscientific person alive, to understand why my future generations are not going to live on forever.
PROVIDES MULTIPLE SOURCES
The author can't just expect us to believe such a ravishing statement without some eligible sources. He credits multiple colleagues perspectives in supporting his statement & theory. Also, he provides multiple colleagues perspectives in supporting the opposite. This allows the reader to decide for themselves what they believe and makes for a more well-rounded article.
"Time Coming to an Abrupt End? But eternal inflation still isn't perfect, as the problem with probabilities in the multiverse illustrates."
Thursday, October 28, 2010
By DAVE ITZKOFF
PLUGGING IN FAMILIAR EXAMPLES
I love it when authors find a way to plug in familiar characters or topics into their stories for comedic effect. In this case, the author introduces characters "The Pied Piper" and "Santa Clause" as examples of the how popular spectators found Pee Wee Herman.
"The Pied Piper was nowhere to be heard, and Santa Claus wouldn’t be coming to town for a few more weeks, but something irresistible had drawn a small crowd to the West Fourth Street basketball courts in Greenwich Village on a recent Thursday morning."
STATING THE FACTS THROUGH DESCRIPTION
Instead of stating the facts- ex: "On thursday morning, a crowd of middle aged men and women crowded the character Pee-Wee Herman as he acted out a skit in Manhattan. The crowd were informed of this skit from a twitter update." Instead, the author describes the situation. He paints out the scenario in descriptive language which makes it more enticing to read.
"Huddled in groups of two and three, a few dozen men and women in their 20s and 30s glanced at one another and at their smartphones, rereading the Twitter and Foursquare messages that directed them here, waiting for something to happen. Without fanfare a white van sailed up to the curb, and from it emerged a thin, 58-year-old man — wearing a gray suit, a tiny red bow tie and white loafers — who seemed as uncertain to meet his fans as they were excited to receive him. The gathering parted as he stepped onto the blacktop, picked up a basketball and made a few graceless attempts at hurling it at a hoop. “Yeah, match that,” he said snidely, to laughter."
Not only do I know what the skit was, but can picture it in my head. I can see what he is wearing, the voice he had, and the typical goofy act he put on. At the same time- I knew who the target audience crowd was, how they got there & what happened.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
SMOOTH WAY WITH WORDS:
The simplest thing can be said in so many ways. The author takes a not so simple topic and spits it out so elegantly and understandable. Take this excerpt for instance:
"The original Asian success story, Japan rode one of the great speculative stock and property bubbles of all time in the 1980s to become the first Asian country to challenge the long dominance of the West. But the bubbles popped in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and Japan fell into a slow but relentless decline that neither enormous budget deficits nor a flood of easy money has reversed."
In the introduction, the author introduces a hard-working family making a good life for themselves. They owned an expensive condominium, a Mercedes and traveled frequently. Although, due to the crumbling economy- this family was forced to sell their home, their car and give up vacations altogether. This story line tugs at the reader on an emotional level because we ask ourselves, could this happen to me? Has it happened to me? The economy sucks for everyone.
By starting with this pathos appeal- he forms an understanding with the reader that keeps them interested in reading.