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The Writer And Audience: The Connection That Should Never End

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The Jersey Shore, The Bachelor, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and The Girls Next Door are just a few of the hundreds of Reality Television shows that are on today and have pushed the classic Brady Bunch family style sitcom aside. According to a study performed by the University of Michigan Health System, an average of children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television and children ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours a week in front of the TV. A majority of shows that dominate the airwaves today are Reality Television shows that can easily influence the young children and teens of society. In “Reality Television - Educational or a Waste of Time?” Marvin Pirila ...view middle of the document...

” The author also employs the nation-wide show American Idol as an example to how people are criticized, treated, and dismissed in such a rude manner. The use of common known examples that would be relatable and apply to his audience shows the author took the time to adapt and consider his reader. When also looking at the examples the viewers can infer that the author has prior knowledge on the subject and took time to research his topic, so he could portray his views correctly.
Marvin Pirila really exercises a large amount of the essay in Pathos, the emotional force and feeling appeals, by pulling on the sentiment of his audience, especially if the reader is a concerned parent, by using lower emotions such as revenge, greed, and selfishness that are brought out in people and shown on reality shows. This emotion is brought through when Pirila talks about how reality shows are nothing more than man vs. man who will lie, cheat, manipulate, become deceitful, and steal to get their hands on the glorified prize. Marvin also works with other lower emotions like humility. Throughout the essay, the author mentions the constant humiliation these contestants are put under by using words such as “brutal embarrassment,” to really emphasize the harsh treatment the participants go through. These low emotions help get the author’s point across, but he also utilizes several higher feelings, for example, hope and faith when tied in with a hint of disappointment. When he says the United

States is “…a nation of crazed competitors secretly cheering [cheer] for the underdog.” The author connects with the reader and builds up hope, but then quickly diminishes it by bring in the emotion of disappointment when he says “when they lose they usually do our hearts are broken along with theirs.” Pirila also gives the audience a feeling of self awareness and connection when he talks about how “…we all know how it is to feel insecure or scarred in...

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