It's Not a Game - Language Analysis

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It's not a game - Language Analysis: 'It's not a game', an article written by Tracey Spicer in The Daily Telegraph, on November 29, 2011 was published after the latest reports which labelled video game addiction as a mental disorder. Spicer argues the fact that parents must be more strict on their children when it comes to video game use. The piece is aimed towards the enormous number of parents who have children that play video games or are addicted to them and also towards these so called "expert reports". Spicer expresses an aggressive, attacking and sarcastic tone and inclusive language throughout her piece in an attempt to persuade her audience in agreeing with her. Spicer emphasises at the beginning of her piece that these new claims about video game addiction is ridiculous and parents are the ones who should be blamed for this epidemic. Spicer on a number of occasions uses sarcasm to emphasise her point. With the addition of rhetorical questions like "Chronic inability to eat your greens? Posttraumatic stress disorder from washing the dishes? Existential angst about avoiding exercise?" and with the addition of "Haven't parents heard of discipline? A swift kick up the rear end?" that are specifically aimed towards parents, positions the audience to think that these new reports and considerations are a joke and instead we should be pointing the finger towards parents not towards what controls our children in today's society. The piece is persuading the audience through rhetorical questions in order to agree with her point of view. Spicer positions the reader to view parents as slack and lazy in their parenting, and ultimately blaming them for this new "generation of selfish good-for-nothings whose only achievement is the high score on Grand Theft Auto". Spicer uses an attacking tone in her point of view piece. The use of attack is used throughout her piece

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