Debates over the role of social media in contemporary life

For your third major essay you will respond class readings that participate in or evaluate debates over the role of social media in contemporary life.

Debates over the role of social media in contemporary life

For your third major essay you will respond class readings that participate in or evaluate debates over the role of social media in contemporary life.  This paper will require you to;

Firstly, take a position,

Secondly, synthesize the existing conversation,

Thirdly, present relevant evidence,

Fourthly, produce logical arguments,

Further, address counterarguments,

Additionally, conclude with a feasible call to action.

A successful argument essay establishes;

your credibility as a writer;

identifies a clear and specific problem;

deploys a variety of rhetorical techniques;

makes convincing proposals to act on.

You will be require d to incorporate at least 4 appropriate secondary sources. (With at least 2 of which resulting from your own research).

Purpose
Your purpose in writing this assignment is to practice making argumentative claims with direct reference to contemporary issues, employ a variety of argumentative strategies, gain experience identifying logical fallacies, address counterarguments, use multiple forms of evidence, and develop an appropriate tone.

Audience
On the one hand, your audience is clearly comprised of myself and your peers. Part of your job will be to persuade us. On the other hand, your audience might be imagined to some extent: perhaps your goal to convince a government agency to take some sort of action or to convince a broad demographic to mobilize on behalf of a particular goal. In other words, you must consider multiple audiences and craft your arguments accordingly.

Genre
Well-crafted arguments are at the heart of numerous genres of writing. Your argument paper will take the form of a traditional academic essay, but that does not mean that your tone should be artificially formal – rather, your tone should match the content of your argument.

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