My Example for Generating Ideas

for Our Argument Critique Essay Assignment


Part #1 of Our Essay

THESIS

Question: "Is Patricia Williams' essay, "Hate Radio," an example of a "good" (strong, well-written, effective) argument?"

Position: Yes, I believe that her essay is an example of a strong argument.

 

ONE REASON / MAIN IDEA

Question: "Why?"

Answer: . . . because . . . she includes strong evidence to support her main ideas.

 

EVIDENCE / SUPPORT FOR THAT MAIN IDEA

Question: "What are some examples of her strong evidence?"

Answers:

 

COMMENTARY / EXPLANATION / RESPONSE TO OPPOSITION

Question: "So what?" . . . or . . . "How or why is all of this important?" . . . or . . . "Could someone see this point differently?"

Answers:

  1. Strong evidence indicates thorough research.
  2. Strong evidence enhances her credibility.
  3. A variety of types of evidence is more convincing than only having one kind of evidence.
  4. A variety of timeliness of evidence shows that the issue is significant over time.
  5. For those who do not see her evidence as strong, I would counter (concede, offer, etc.) that . . .

 


Part #2 of Our Essay

THESIS

Question: "Do I agree with Williams' views of 'hate radio'?"

Answer: Yes, I do agree that hate radio exerts powerful and negative influences on our society.

 

REASONS / MAIN IDEAS

Question: "Why?"

Answer: . . . because . . .  hate radio is particularly damaging in situations of

  1. sex exploitation

  2. racial discrimination

  3. ADD!

 

EVIDENCE / SUPPORT

Question: "What are some examples of sex exploitation and racial discrimination?"

Answers:

  1. Howard Stern continually hosts talk shows which feature explicit discussions of female anatomy and sex acts between him and women (strippers, porn stars, etc.) who are guests on his show--and even with his producers and other staff members.
  2. Furthermore, Howard Stern's talk show which airs on TV as well sends visual messages about sex which are also damaging to society.
  3. Rush Limbaugh, just recently (dated?), made some racial remark about an NFL quarterback (find name, team, quote, etc.). This lead to numerous discussions in newspapers, on ESPN, etc. and resulted in Limbaugh being fired from some position (find info).
  4. There was another more recent case about another radio host (find name, station, quote, etc.) who also made disparaging racial remarks; this resulted in him being fired (or did he resign?).

 

COMMENTARY / EXPLANATION / RESPONSE TO OPPOSITION

Question: "So what?" . . . or . . . "How or why is all of this important?" . . . or . . . "Could someone see this point differently?"

Answers:

 


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