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    No i don't want you to write my essay for me. I've got that covered. I'm just having a bit of trouble with it. It's a six paragraph essay about the way mass media tends to distort fact and use fear mongering and shocking headlines to increase ratings. Three of those paragraphs are supposed to be body paragraphs; each one focuses on a different argument.

    I'm just having a teeny bit of trouble figuring out how I can divide my massive amounts of info into three seperate main points (What can I focus on in each paragraph?). Any suggestions would be muchly appreciated.

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    Well...What kind of info do you have? For one body, you could give ways how it does it in positive ways, another in negative ways, and a third on how the public responds to it

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    Ah, same format as I use at school.
    Well, take your three main topics, then use the paragraphs to explain those three subjects.
    Sorry if I'm not that much of a help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pojo View Post
    Well...What kind of info do you have? For one body, you could give ways how it does it in positive ways, another in negative ways, and a third on how the public responds to it
    Can't do that, i'm trying to sway the reader to my side by showing him the facts. It's persuasive.

    The third one isn't bad though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chillhouse View Post
    Can't do that, i'm trying to sway the reader to my side by showing him the facts. It's persuasive.

    The third one isn't bad though.
    I see...Well what's your opinion on the subject?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pojo View Post
    I see...Well what's your opinion on the subject?
    It's not an opinion, I'm just taking a side and arguing it. My thesis is:



    The purpose of this report is to show that mainstream media journalism, in the form of television and print, often spins truths to create fear that bolsters their popularity.
    ^^Noth the best thesis statement, but this is a rough draft.

    Also, my essay title is "End of TIMES" which I thought was hilarious. I'll probably end up changing it though just because English teachers hate wittines.

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    Never have a sentence in your paper along the lines of "the purpose of this"...You should never say something like that...

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    That's what the teacher told me to say. >__<

    We're all supposed to word our thesis like that.

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    Actually Pojo, that's not necessarily true. It depends on the tone of the essay. In a persuasive one, not so much. However, coming from historical study, it is rather useful.

    Chillhouse, if you'd like, send me a beep. I have a lot of writing experience. If not, here are my two cents:

    It really depends on the content you have. If you have mostly primary sources, stick to building a narrative using three sources or examples and building around them. If you've got mostly secondary sources, build a case like a pyramid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pojo View Post
    Never have a sentence in your paper along the lines of "the purpose of this"...You should never say something like that...
    That depends on the subject. I know that in Philosophy essays you should definitely say "the purpose of this essay is..."!


    I think that it's important the weigh arguments even though your trying to be persuasive. It doesn't have to be boring like:

    Blah blah FOR.
    Blah blah AGAINST.

    If you're arguing for, I'd throw in things like:
    "I shall now explore a contrasting opinion, and show why that opinion is wrong. It may be suggested that [blah blah AGAINST], but this doesn't hold water because [blah blah FOR]"

    If it was me, my 3 paragraphs (obviously I don't know about the subject, so this is just guess work) would be:

    1)Argument that the media needs high ratings, news papers need to get sold and so they can be expected to do what they can to make business work.

    2)Set-up argument that facts are distorted, but then argue against this saying that laws are in place to make sure that what you read/see is in fact roughly true (slander/libel laws, laws stopping pure nonsense being), and so this makes up for more misleading headlines because the true does come.

    3)Argument that it's okay to use people's fears to sell papers, because if people watch/read the news they can make up their on minds as to whether something is worth fearing, and if a paper/news channel promotes too much fear people will tune out knowing they've gone to far.

    So I'd split my source up in that kind of way. Identify which bits fit together, and think about what people would say against your opinions.
    And if it's meant to be persuasive then I guess there's all sorts of other stuff you have to do... like address the audience, use flattery and other rubbish...
    Last edited by Charlie; 10-Dec-2008 at 17:33. Reason: missing word syndrome

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