Rhetorical Analysis Of Dunbar's Essay 'Friends'

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Pinchero 1 Renee Pinchero Professor Ng ENGW 1307.01 Friday, January 22, 2014 Assignment 1, Draft 1 A Rhetorical Analysis of “You’ve Gotta Have (150) Friends” Facebook is not for college students anymore. In fact, everyone from ‘tweens to grandparents are exchanging photos, posting their statuses and “liking” each other’s comments. In fact, in recent years, the explosion and ubiquity of social networking has had an enormous impact on every aspect of our lives, including our personal relationships. Or, has it? In his essay, “You’ve Gotta Have (150) Friends” written for the December 25th edition of the New York Times, professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford University, Robin Dunbar, argues that Facebook and other social media have had made an impact on our social lives, but…show more content…
People in the contemporary world often read quickly in order to retrieve information and go on with their day. To this end, Dunbar uses a straightforward and predictable type of organization. For example, he clearly states his thesis at the beginning of the essay so that readers do not need to “guess” or wait for his thesis. Moreover, he uses clear topic sentences that directly state his main points. He also keeps his paragraphs short. Overall, it seems that Dunbar knows the audience for whom he is writing and he makes rhetorical choices that effectively communicate his message. He provides his readers with concrete research to support his claims, but he delivers this information in a way that a general reading audience might understand them. Similarly, he presents his information in such a way that he contextualizes his claims so that readers might understand him. Simply put, Dunbar effectively communicates the idea that despite the fact we have gone global, we still are very much tied to our village. It just might be an electronic
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