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Lecture 1

ENGL 2000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Truth Seeker

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ENGL 2000

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ENGL 2000
Rhetorical Questions
B. Towne, Joseph, and Danny N.
1. What genre of argument is this?
a. Article in public affairs or niche magazine (mainstream
2. Who is the author? What are the author’s credentials and what is his/her investment in the
a. The Economist is the author and the credentials is one of the only
economically motivated magazines. They get to write about anything that
happens in the economy/whatever issues arise.
3. What audience is he or she writing for?
a. Legislature and lobbyists lobbying for the massive raise in minimum wage
4. What motivating occasion prompted the writing? The motivating occasion could be a
current event, a crisis, pending legislation, a recently published alternative view, or
another ongoing problem.
a. Protest to raise minimum wage/Europe raising their minimum wage.
5. What is the author’s purpose? The purpose could range from strong advocacy to
inquiring truth seeker.
a. Purpose is to convince people not to raise the minimum wage, he’s very
against it.
6. What information about the publication or source helps explain the writer’s perspective
or the structure and style of the argument?
a. The Economist is magazine publication that talks about the economy…
which explains why he is talking about the topic and because the website
provides background all over the world, it would make sense how he
formulated an opinion on the topic.
7. What is the writer’s angle of vision? By angle of vision, we mean the perspective,
interests and biases that influence what an author likes and how they see things.
a. Business: writing about how the minimum wage would hurt the business is
biased because the author would be effected by this as well as the magazine.
Point 1: No one knows how changing the minimum wage will affect the long-run
o Does: The Economist reminds us
o Says: There is no real documented case of a slow and steady increase in minimum
wage to this extent, and as a result we cannot possibly know how this will affect
the long-term economy
o The Economist reminds us that we do not have any evidence or prior history to
show us what the drastic increase in minimum wage will do to the long-term
Point 2: A high enough increase in minimum wage will urge companies to automate jobs
o Does: The Economist believes
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