Rhetorical Analysis Of Global Warming

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A Rhetorical Analysis of Global Warming Abstract Global Warming is an issue of great debate, but through careful consideration of both sides of the argument one will come to realize that it is not an issue that requires immediate action. With so much talk of global warming today in the news media, books, and movies like An Inconvenient Truth and The Day after Tomorrow, it is important for one to understand the arguments both for and against the issue of global warming. It is also necessary for one to decipher whether global warming is understood by the scientific community and general population before taking a personal stance. The argument has been approached from both sides here. Upon considering all of the evidence, it may then be…show more content…
Should one be concerned about rising global temperatures? How might increasing global temperatures affect us? These are all questions and concerns on the minds of many as they decide where to stand on the issue and credibility of global warming. On one side of global warming are those who believe that it is a scientifically credible concern while on the other side are arguments against global warming and an overall consensus that it is not a threat. Both sides implement several tactics including rhetorical strategies to counter the arguments of their opposition. While some of the strategies may be universally effective, others, such as appeals to logic, emotion, and character may not be. Popular culture also influences many decisions in today’s society and there are both proponents and opponents of the issue of global warming in mass media. Despite so many differences in opinion regarding global warming, there is “common ground” among arguers both for and against the issue. After considering all of the arguments, many of them rhetorical, the issue of global warming beyond the hype of mass media is neither sound nor certain enough to incite immediate action. More research needs to be done before billions of dollars are spent annually to curb a problem that may not, in fact, be a problem at…show more content…
The film portrays the issues surrounding global warming in a slideshow fashion while Mr. Gore injects personal anecdotes. As the production company behind the film summarizes, “An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share” (“Plot Summary”, par. 1). The film itself is an example of the media’s impact and portrayal of the issue of global warming. Many times these portrayals are politically motivated, however, and it is important for the consumer to decipher this. Al Gore, obviously an individual who is pro-global warming says, “It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely” (“Plot Summary”, par.
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