Cigarettes Should Be Banned Essay

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In Annabel Crabb’s opinion piece, “Even in the digital world, where there’s smoke, there’s ire,” issued in The Age on the 28th of October, 2012, she contends that the banning of tobacco and cigarettes as a whole, is more important than the banning of tobacco-related digital smartphone applications. Speaking to an audience concerned with the health and wellbeing of children, and who focus their time on keeping the society exhibited morally, Crabb draws upon numerous language techniques, such as hyperboles, attacks, evidence, rhetorical questions, metaphors, reason and logic and informal/colloquial language to induce her audience and to create a conversational mood. She does this by appealing to the audience’s sense of humour and cultural identity. Crabb uses a continuous sarcastic and satire tone when contending her argument and at times uses quite quip expressions. She opens her argument with a noticeable hyperbole, sarcastically informing the audience that “NOW, there’s apps for smoking.” This immediately adds humour and creates a dramatic effect by implementing dramatic imagery into the minds of the audience. She continues in a sarcastic tone, and uses informal language when undermining the use of smartphones today. She states that they are useful for “getting you run over while you cross the road” and cause others to confirm their opinions of you as a “wally,” whilst essentially setting you on the road to “lung cancer.” These remarks are intended to attack and criticise the idea of the smartphone and causes the audience’s opinions of the technological device to be swayed through the disparagement of the subject. Crabb moves on to speak about the use of the smoking applications and uses evidence from a “University of Sydney” when referring to the “107 smoking apps” that users have free access to. She contends that the users are capable of “jauntily puffing away”
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