Expressed and implied arguments in the media
In the argument chapter, you learned about expressed arguments (overt arguments attempting to persuade the audience towards a point of view) and implied arguments (arguments that appear on the surface not to be arguments but actually seek to persuade the audience of a point of view or views). For this DQ, provide a specific example from the media of an expressed argument and an implied argument and answer the following questions:
- What is the expressed argument you identified? What specific argument does the author make? What evidence does the author use to support his or her claims?
- What is the implied argument you identified? What specific argument does the author make? What evidence does the author use to support his or her claims?
- Why is it important to understand expressed and implied arguments?
- How might you use your understanding of expressed and implied arguments when drafting your first essay in this course?
Note: You may use visual arguments such as photos and pictures, but you will still need to explain your rationale for why you believe the author is making a specific argument.
Be sure to cite all sources used to compose your answer. Format your in-text citations and reference list.
Please review the following video Writing Process about writing introductory paragraphs and thesis statements, with particular focus on Section One: Organizing the College Essay. Note: This link works best in the Google Chrome browser.
For the first essay, you will be writing a definition essay about a term related to organ sales or donations. Please share your current thesis statement for your definition essay. Here is a sample thesis statement for the definition essay:
Organ sales in the United States would be unethical because they exploit the poor, favor the rich, and create an unfair or black market organ lottery.