Rhetorical Analysis of Hollow Claims about Fantasy Violence

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The editorial “Hollow Claims about Fantasy Violence”, written by Richard Rhodes and published in the New York Times the 17th of September in the year 2000, argues that there is not link between exposure to media violence and the development of violent behavior. Rhodes discusses that many Organizations and Politicians blame media for aggressive behavior. Rhodes claims that violence is learned in personal violent environment. Rhodes’ intended audience is New York Times’ readers, and more specifically people who tend to read editorial. This audience is normally people between 30-60 years old, parents, and educated people who can afford the payment of this newspaper. I say educated people meaning people who do not only read the sport section of a newspaper. The overall organization that Rhodes applied in his article is really original; he does not bring the claim of his article until the end of the editorial. He firstly introduces the topic of violence and its effect on children. Then in paragraph two he questions: “But is there really a link between entertainment and violent behavior?”(Rhodes). Then he starts giving information that contradicts his claim and supports his opponents but he ends refuting it in the paragraph above. We see this agreeing and refuting structure all over the article. As a reader I found the editorial really confusing when you start reading it, because I did not understand what was he saying or arguing. However as soon as I finished reading it, I understood the purpose of his organization. Rhodes use this agreeing and refuting structure with the intention of enlarging his audience. I mean enlarging his audience because not only people who agree with him will read his editorial, possible people who disagree will do it as well because he does not show his claim until the end, and there it is where he intends to make his opponents doubt about

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