To Meme or Not to Meme

Thesis:

  • “The root of this unrecognized internal turmoil was an acclimation to suicidal tendencies, one of the core values in today’s memes. That’s right: internet memes played a role in my depressive spiral.”
  • “That is why broadening awareness to the seriousness of mental health issues online is vital to bringing about a healthier and happier Gen Z.”

Audience:

  • Gen Z
  • Adolescents
  • People who use social media
  • People who joke about mental health

Logos:

  • In a recent study, 21% of teenagers reported feeling more popular when using social media, mainly because of the engagement they receive when something they feel comes off as “relatable”
    • Using this fact to further prove her points

Ethos:

  • “That is why broadening awareness to the seriousness of mental health issues online is vital to bringing about a healthier and happier Gen Z”
    • Using words like “vital” show the importance of the issue and makes the writer sound like they really know what they are talking about
  • “That’s right: internet memes played a role in my depressive spiral.”
    • Writer made this statement sound like a fact and worded it with certainty, builds authority

Pathos:

  • The internet should not be one’s sole source of emotional support, and the idea that it even could be is wildly ludicrous and incredibly dangerous for suffering teenagers
    • Calls attention to the issue through terms like “suffering teens”. The average person would be affected in some way by the term.

Kairos:

  • “Generation Z is the “most likely of all generations to report poor mental health” (American Psychological Association, 2018), and I would contend that the way we talk about mental health online might just be to blame for that.”
    • Writer states that Gen Z reports the most poor mental health. Memes regarding mental health won’t help fix this issue, which is very prevalent right now. The writer chose to write about this topic because it is very current and important in today’s day and age.
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