Analyzing an Argument

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Essay 4: Analyzing an Argument – 200 points


Please pay attention to the instructions and you must follow each of them

There should be a title

I need clear thesis statement at the last paragraph of the introduction.

The body paragraphs should follow AXES (assertion,quote, example, significance) you should start the body paragraph with assertion followed by quotes from the reading that I am going to send you and from the reading that you find by yourself. The three source is going to be Kendall, Seife, and the movie “Nightdcrawler” find the other two sources by yourself and one should be scholarly. After that you should explain the quote in detail (give specific example from one of the source) for example, when you talk about the movie don’t generalize it. Instead take direct words from the scene and explain it and don’t forget to cite it too. At last, restate your assertion with a good closing statement by answering the prompt. I want all paragraphs to be structured and organized like this!

Don’t forget Assertion, Example or Quote, Explain, and Significance at all body paragraphs. I won’t accept a paper that is not structured in this manner. It also need to have a clear thesis and follow this thesis in all body paragraphs and engage the prompt through out in the paper.(The question you choose to answer must be answered in all paragraphs).

The conclusion should restate the thesis.

Primary Texts:

Nightcrawler. Directed by Dan Gilroy, performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rene Russo, Bold

Films, 2014. DVD.

Kendall, Diana. “Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption.” Rereading

America: cultural contexts for critical thinking and writing. Edited by Colombo, Gary,

Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle, Bedford/St. Martins, 2016, pp.136-153. Print.

Seife, Charles. “The Loneliness of the Interconnected.” Rereading America: cultural contexts for

critical thinking and writing. Edited by Colombo, Gary, Robert Cullen, and Bonnie Lisle,

Bedford/St. Martins, 2016, pp.136-153. Print.


We began the unit by viewing Dan Gilroy’s film Nightcrawler, which explores the theme of “media framing” and the symbiotic relationship between unethical journalism and consumer demand. Kendall’s “Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption” proposes “[…] that the media shape public opinions about the upper, middle, working, and poverty classes by ‘framing’ their stories […]” (424), while Seife’s, “The Loneliness of the Interconnected” suggests that, “[…] the internet isolates us in a bubble of our own making by directing us to ideas that reinforce our beliefs and people who reflect our own values and biases [and that] the internet actually encourages conformism and intolerance […]” (289).

Using the texts above, and two additional sources (one scholarly) that you found on your own, write an argumentative essay answering one of the following key questions:

  1. Who should be responsible for preventing the spread of media manipulation/fake news, and to what extent is each group responsible?
  2. How does media manipulation/fake news and the unstable state of journalism today affect our society, and how can society begin to address this issue?
  3. Why is good journalism important in our country and what happens when it is compromised?

For each of your chosen texts, please select an example or examples that reinforce the argument you are making. Please discuss some of the main points of connection, disagreement, and contrast between the texts. In addition to the texts we discussed in class, you will be required to integrate evidence from two additional credible sources (one scholarly) that supports the claim you are making.


Your first paragraph (introduction) should include a thesis – a concise statement where you answer the questions above and let your reader know what to expect as the paper unfolds.

Your essay should be presented as multiple paragraphs: in addition to the introduction, there should be several body paragraphs and a conclusion.

To provide evidence for your argument, you should integrate relevant quotes from Gilroy, Kendall, Seife, and two other outside sources, as well as an explanation of how these quotes support your point. Your two outside sources must be credible and one of them must be a scholarly article.

Assume that your reader is not familiar with the topic of media framing/fake news. What information will you need to provide early on so your readers will understand your ideas?

Required length: seven to eight pages – MLA format, Works Cited.

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