To Meme or Not to Meme

By: Maya Walker

THESIS:

The thesis of this article is located in the first paragraph. At the end of her introduction, Maya Walker includes how the internet and people’s use of memes were the main source of her depression. She would see offensive jokes made to be funny online. She would see the internet inciting pain, violence or even suicide and shared how these posts began to make her feel the same way about herself. She wrote about her personal pain and mental illness and how the internet contributed to it.

TARGETED AUDIENCE: 

  • Teens/ tweens
  • Younger people with social median
  • Anyone with social media/ especially beginners

ETHOS:

  • Different ways of communicating with people over the internet (tweeting, reposting, instagramming) cause people to mask their emotions so no one knows their true feelings
  • Normalizing memes makes people become more inclined to joke or lie about their emotions 
  • People have learned to put a face on for everyone else 
  • Author uses personal stories to establish her credibility

PATHOS:

  • People have begun to rely too much on the internet and have turned away from face to face contact with other human beings
  • Author uses personal stories and experiences and tells how social media made everything even worse for her

LOGOS:

  • The author includes examples using actual memes to help her story
  • she allows the reader to feel what she means when she says they’re offensive 
  • Stats → back up her side of the story with facts 

KAIROS:

  • Author speaks about social media, a HUGE part of our life today
  • Main way people now communicate with each other 
  • many people on the fence about suicide have been pushed over because of suicide so its not an uncommon thing
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