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Salma Ayman Al-Sayyad SID: 900 04 1112 ECLT 102 - 30 Assignment #1, Draft # 2 TV babies In response to a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics that stated that children under two should not be exposed to any television, the writers of two articles use completely opposite arguments to convince parents that they should or should not expose their toddlers to television. In "TV Can be a good Parent", Ariel Gore tries to persuade the readers by appealing to their emotions in a passionate way. She emphasizes her tough living situations and claims that AAP statement is "over the top" (Gore). On the other hand, in "Trouble with Teletubies", Susan E. Linn and Alvin F. Poussaint, to be persuasive, appeal to the reader's reason, relying on solid evidence and facts. Their arguments are much stronger because they are more logical and thus more appealing to the parents, convincing them to keep their babies away from the TV. ...read more.

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On the other side, Susan E. Linn and Alvin F. Poussaint rely on researches and logical reasons that are likely to convince the parents. They referred to the fact that no data is available to prove that young kids gain anything from watching TV, "We don't know what, if anything, very young children gain from viewing television. " (Linn + Poussaint). Then they mentioned the proved disadvantages of TV. "It has been demonstrated that watching television can be habituating" (Linn + Poussaint). They even mentioned the funding problem the PBS is facing and this gives insight to the real nature of the problem. They quoted researchers and experts who talk science when they replied to PBS arguments. "PBS officials argue that children under two are watching television anyway, and that it's better for them to have a program created especially for them. A host of child development experts disagree, including ..." (Linn + Poussaint). Parents are likely to give more value for science than emotions when taking a decision concerning their youngsters. ...read more.

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It is completely irrelevant. A harmful thing won't turn into an innocuous one for the mere reason that there are other problems around. There is no logical connection between this premise and the conclusion that Ariel Gore reached. This is obviously not a cause and effect relationship. Ariel Gore tries to arouse certain emotional reactions from her readers then rely merely on these reactions to get them to agree to her point. In fact, No matter how hard life is this does not necessarily mean that TV is not harmful for Children as young as two and it is not likely to make parents believe so. The fact that we want something to be true does not necessarily make it true. Her emotional strategy might have worked in convincing parents if she included more evidence related to her title, fewer logical fallacies and less emotion. On the other hand, even though the other article might lack emotions which help in persuading, it included evidence and solid facts. The reader can then focus on the reasons rather than emotions. ...read more.

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