KILLER CARS – AN ASSAULT ON REASON In an article ‘Killer cars – an assault on reason’ by Melanie Masters brings out the issue of large cars being a threat to public safety. In an aggressive and concerned tone the writer contends that all cars of this sort should be banned from public roads, to an audience of law abiding citizens and 4WD owners using plenty of statistics and appeals to attempt to persuade the readers to agree with her. 4WDs are the most aggressive vehicle type. Masters states that 4WDs are ‘hulking, huge, high seated’ to emphasise to the readers that these cars are too big to be safe on public roads and should be banned. She then goes on to bring out statistics of how many crashes have occurred (5.89% per 100 crashes) and the amount of children that have died due to these death machines, in an attempt to persuade the audience to agree to her idea of getting the cars banned.
The media, politicians, advocacy groups as well as the FBI are steadfast in claiming that the only rational explanation is that of the individuals falling prey to the aggression inciting video game. In short, the violent video game made them do it. One might be reminded of the Salem Witch Trials, where no educated explanation can be derived, those which cannot defend themselves, no matter how far-fetched the reasoning, is the obvious answer. Religious and political dogma has run rampant. The media have created unnecessary fear and moral panic to legitimize their personal agendas under the guise of “protecting children”.
Boom Boom Pow The timeless debate over handgun ownership always sparks strong opinions and ideals. Author Molly Ivins who wrote “Get A Knife, Get A Dog, But Get Rid of Guns,” can be noted as a sarcastic, witty writer speaking against the usage of handguns. “Gun Crazy” by Dorothy Allison can be described as passage for the usage and the ownership of the handguns. In Molly Ivins’ passage “Get A Knife, Get A Dog, But Get Rid of Guns,” she uses mostly sarcasm to swat the reader against handgun ownership. By comparing the more usefulness a knife has than a gun, sarcasm irradiates when she writes “a general substitution of knives would promote physical fitness” (line 5).
Evans makes the assumption that it is ‘imperative that we have the latest toy.’ Likewise, he attacks city dwellers, claiming that ‘many [of them] choose to drive gas-guzzling cars’. These two generalisations, although they seek to highlight the awful state of our country, and the misuse of our vital resources, also has the potential to get the reader off side- especially if they are the owner of a ‘gas-guzzling’ four wheel drive. Furthermore, Evans uses sarcasm when arguing that resolving to save water by using a bucket in the shower is minimal, compare to walking or using public transport to get to work. Evans suggests, that ‘there’s only so much inconvenience we are willing to tolerate!’ The reader is asked to either take responsibility for contributing to the degradation of our environment, or in a much cynical response- given a scapegoat for what is, overall, much larger, and widespread
The technology used to murder becomes symbolic of both the corruption Day believes to be at the heart of modern Australian society, or perhaps all of western society, but also the negative possibilities of technological progress in general. Harry’s voice here matches Claudia’s in its abruptness but here Day emphasises the power and control her antagonist believes he possesses. The city of Sydney, a corrupt and immoral underbelly hiding behind another beautiful façade, becomes one of Harry’s possessions in the extended metaphor Day constructs as part of his distinctive voice: ‘It is a circuit board, the microchip buildings connected by filament roads. My address in the city is The Beehive’. Through her use of the language of computing, novel for the time she was writing, Day elaborates on both the control Harry can wield as the figurehead of corruption in the city and the insidious way in which technology has come to dominate our lives.
pg.71). This quote proves that the intensity of not only their rage, but their weapons increases as their paranoia overcomes them. They fear the monster so much that they have become the monsters themselves. Overall, the outcome of the transformation of their weapons clearly defines the loss of innocence. William Golding truly imbraces the theme of the loss of innocence in The Lord of the Flies.
Jacquese Reed Diana Blackburn October 4, 2013 English 1020 Police: Good Guys or Monsters? While it is true that The Hulk has dominant power, police forces hold the same power and therefore we should consider viewing members of the police force as monsters. Police wear a badge that represents the people they serve, their communities, and the government. However, they are often seen as being brutal, bullies, hostile, having too much power, and being deceiving. Just like The Hulk, police “smash” things as well; but instead of smashing buildings they smash people.
“That’s not the way the media wants to take it and spin it and turn it into fear because then your watching television… news and your being pumped full of fear… it’s a campaign of fear and consumption- interview” How this alters my perspective> the media isn’t always reliable and it can be very inaccurate and misleading. It also changes my perspective in the way that the media has the power to change the way people think and believe in. Third paragraph: *The irony that the government doesn’t get blamed for the gun violence when they frequently get involved in foreign affairs (Archival footage & music) 1963-1975: American military kills 4 million civilians in south East Asia. 1991: American planes bombs Iraq on a weekly basis 2001: Osama Bin Laden uses expert CIA training to murder 3000 people. “I think that’s really ironic that nobody said maybe the president had any influence on this violent behavior.”- Interview How this alters my perspective: thinking that the government always tries to help, this makes it very contradicting, the govt.
When someone is obsessed with something, the person quickly becomes entirely engulfed in the subject, much like Ahab, the subject becomes the vice in which the obsessed depends on. This is clearly seen in this exert when the narrator explains that everything that angers Ahab, all the things that stir his emotions, all the malicious lying, every inch of his brain is devoted to the thought of Moby Dick, everything that is wrong in the world is made visible and realized in Moby Dick. To Ahab, Moby-Dick is the perfect embodiment of all evil and this fuels his obsession to destroy the whale. Ahab’s feelings towards Moby dick hold the same dark, sinister attitude that is expressed through the tone of the