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ENC 1101: Writing Academic Arguments

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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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Well, the author's central argument is clearly seen in that they are trying to show many examples of how Disney tries to incorporate racist ideologies in past movies. The author supports his claims with both video clips and comments that correlate accurately as far as what I can see. The video is very persuasive in what it is depicting. I really would not have thought of some the things presented in my childhood and I don't think this would be true of any child whom the movies are made for. But it definitely persuaded me to even think of the more recent movies by disney and racist ideas that are present. The author could have presented the commentary clips better in allowing the viewer time to actually read all of the comments. I think it was not really made to be formal being some of comments of the author like, "Congratulations, you're an idiot" made it seem as though the author does not really care if his opinion is taken seriously. He might have been trying to be really funny in order to balance out the fact that he was presenting offensive material. Though I was inclined to research these claims for myself seeing as though the video was very informal. It was not a complete disaster though and it has a clear argument that will get viewers inclined to watch it thoroughly.

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