ENC 1101: Writing Academic Arguments

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Prompt #8
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kayleythomas wrote in uf_enc1101
More Disney for you!

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 in this video is that most Disney movies show blatant racism. The creator supports this claim by providing quotes and analysis of nine popular Disney movies. He uses movies such as Aladdin, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid in order to prove how certain characters are "slightly racially insensitive". The video is fairly persuasive, but doesn't make me feel any differently about Disney movies. They are still the classic, feel good cartoons I will always enjoy. Also, I don't think the young children whom these movies are made for would ever notice or be able to comprehend these hidden ideas about racism (I definitely never did). However, the creator was successful in terms of finding and analyzing the information.
The style and set-up of the video could have been much better. The frames went by too quickly and it was difficult to read and remember claims being made. I also expected to see clips of the movies along with the pictures, which would have made the video more interesting.

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