Analysis on Maya Walker’s “To Meme or Not to Meme”

In the essay “To Meme or not to Meme” the author, Maya Walker, does a good job of using an array of rhetorical devices to form a strong argument. Her use of Kairos and Pathos in particular really made her writing jump out to you and make the reader feel the need to change the way memes about mental health are not taken seriously. Maya’s usage of Kairos is seen in the quote “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.” The writer chose to write her essay about mental health and the struggles that come along with it because it is very current topic that makes up a big part of today’s society. She wants to get the idea across that satirizing depression isn’t healthy before it’s too late. Additionally, her usage of Pathos in the quote “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” really tugs at the readers emotions. 

Any average person would be affected by the term “suffering teens” in one way or another.

As a reader, the one thing that needs improvement is the repetition of her writing. She makes a lot of valid arguments, but they are repeated or brought up multiple times and seems to jump back and forth between referring to her arguments. If she discussed one argument in its entirety and then moved on to her next claim I think it would make her writing easier to understand. Ultimately, what we learned from Maya’s essay is that if we don’t break the stigma that satirizing mental health by using it as a source of content for memes is acceptable, then the goal of improving mental health won’t be attainable.


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