ENC 1101: Writing Academic Arguments

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Prompt #8
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kayleythomas wrote in uf_enc1101
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This is another YouTube video someone put together, this time exploring racism in Disney. Consider the video in terms of the argument it makes. What is the central argument? How is it supported? Is the video persuasive? Could it have done anything differently to be more successful? Consider both the content of the argument and the actual style and set-up of the video.


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The central argument portrayed in this video is that several Disney movies contain racism in some form. The creator supports his claim with evidence from nine popular Disney movies in an increasingly important series. The creator starts with #9 being the original theme song from Aladdin and describes its racism towards the culture of the Middle East then states that the song was changed. From there it files through movies such as Peter Pan, Dumbo, The Little Mermaid, and many more. Finally the #1 Disney portrayal of racism was in a Mickey Mouse book with the character of Thursday. Thursday was displayed as an unintellectual and a servant to Mickey. However though there is valid evidence to support the creator's claim, their method fails quite epically. The slides contained to much information and could not have been read and comprehended quick enough. They could have slowed down the slides and incorporated video of the movies. On the other hand the author could have used voice-over to keep the viewer from having to read and focus on the recalling the videos or books.

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