Persuasive : How Media Changes Us Essay

Tanner Haley Mrs. Sanders 2/22/13 1st block Persuasive essay Don’t you think at some point in your life you have been influenced by media? It is a given that you have. Most everyone in some point in their life is affected by the media that surrounds our society. From the local news to books, media is always affecting us in some sort of way. Americans are influenced and will continue to be influenced by the media around us. To start off I would like to address the book Into the Wild.

In this book there are many cases where the author tries to influence us with rhetorical devices or colorful writing that uses an excess amount of imagery. For example, Krakauer says “the article about McCandless in Outside generated a large volume of mail” (Krakauer Page 70-71). As you can see the simple story of McCandless interested a lot of people and made them want to send in mail. This proves that the book affected people. Also, in chapter 4 he says “Unbridled torrent that explodes through the Grand Canyon” (Krakauer Page 32).

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Even though you know Chris isn’t in the best of situations he uses imagery and colorful writing to make it seem as if Chris is living in a dream world. This makes us have a sense of jealousy towards Chris because he gets to experience such beauty. This proves that media affects us. The next piece I would like to share is “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine. In this speech Pain talks about how the weak soldiers will fade away from the war but the strong soldiers who stick around and prosper. He says “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country” (Paine page 117).

This has 2 affects on the people he is addressing. One, it makes people want to stay longer because they don’t want to be known as a coward. Two, it makes the people who are still in the war feel prideful and honorable. This is another example as to why media affects us as people. Lastly I want to talk about the letter from Birmingham jail by Martin Luther King Jr. King uses a device called repetition in this letter when he says “We were here”(King Paragraph one) talking about all the historical events of America and stating that they were involved too.

This makes you feel as if the African Americans deserve more from the people of America and deserve to be equals in society. He also talks about all the violence the police show towards African Americans. How they were sending the dogs out on innocent women and children. This makes you feel really passionate towards what the cops were doing and makes you want to put up a stand for justice. This was one of the best letters to show how media affects you because it really got you fired up by all the wrong doings of the people in society.

In conclusion, I hope we can all see how the media affects us Americans. From letters to books to speeches everything around us affects us as a person. If you think you haven’t been affected by media then think twice because chances are you have been. Media will continue to affect Americans now and in the future. Works Cited Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print. Wiggins, Grant P. “The American Crisis. ” Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2010. N. pag. Print.