Monday, March 21, 2011
Meghan Daum, an essayist and writer, born ter California ter 1970, recalls te hier article вЂњVirtual LoveвЂќ the progress of an online relationship that ended up jiggling hier world and affecting hier on several levels. The article which appeared te the August 25-September 1, 1997 kwestie of The Fresh Yorker goes after the author’s private encounter with cyberspace relationships. Albeit the relationship originally seemed entertaining to an extent that the author waterput more effort into it than she had waterput te auténtico ones, she completes hier text by indirectly stating that вЂњreality is seldom able to match the expectations raised by intoxication of an idealized cyber romance.вЂќ And spil the readers go after the twists and turns of Daum’s online practice, the latter concludes that online-dating or aparente love infrequently survives the physical world when confronted by its obstacles such spil its tempo, idealization, and mainly expectations.
The title вЂњVirtual LoveвЂќ reflects the contents of the text spil well spil the main idea. Daum has succeeded te choosing a title that defines hier subject, restricts it, spil well spil offers the reader a close scope regarding the topic at arm. The title captures the main key words spil well spil the reader’s attention. Originally, they are capable of inferring the main topic and predicting that the article deals with cyberspace and relationships. Yet, they may wonder whether the text at forearm will argue with or against online-relationships or simply retell the author’s encounters with online-dating.
At the beginning, the readers doubt the author’s credentials due to Daum’s occupation spil a freelancer. But after taking into consideration the fact that this article wasgoed published ter The Fresh Yorker, a well-known tijdschrift, the reader is more accepting regarding Daum’s position and credibility. On the other forearm, the writer only bases hier position regarding online-dating on individual practice. Since Daum fails to refer to researches, statistics, and facts ter order to support hier stand, the reader is skeptical. Due to the fact that the author is not an authority on the subject, and only refers to individual encounters, hier credibility is shaken. And thus, the information introduced doesn’t sound accurate or well backed. Had she referred to other researchers who seem more knowledgeable on the subject, the article would have bot more authentic. Also, Daum’s reference to a individual practice and emotions shoves the reader to wonder whether or not Daum’s judgment regarding the kwestie is affected by hier feelings: вЂњwas the information provided by the author subjected to hier professional assessment or hier private view?вЂќ
Since the concept of supuesto relationships concerns the normal public, Daum addresses this vast audience by hier text. By tackling a well-debated subject, Daum brings more insight to the topic at forearm. Albeit the article is introduced to the public, the writer fails at some point to clearly convey hier message to the reader. For example, the writer uses words that regular readers can’t understand without having to reread the sentence te order to understand the words through setting or even check them out ter a dictionary such words include oxymoron, epistolary among others. The writer indeed should have closely considered hier language spil well spil hier audience to effectively express the message.
It is known that support and evidence determine the success or the failure of the author is achieving his or hier purpose. The author supports hier point of view by using examples from hier individual life. Daum does a good job by recalling several encounters with Pete that suggest the reader an insight into online-relationships. For example, she takes the reader onto a journey portraying several emotional stages which a person might practice. Commencing with vertier, growing affection, addiction, romance and ending with a switch of heart and frustration, Daum portrays to the reader that online-relationships have no chance of survival te the physical world. Yet, by doing so, the author fails to tackle the subject at mitt ter an objective manner. Since all what the reader is suggested is based on hier private practice and feelings, the text tends to be subject to the author’s emotions and less objective. On several occasions, Daum makes assumptions based on hier own observations concerning online-dating which she fails to support which is a defect te hier text.
Yet, one of the assumptions made by Daum that attracts the reader’s attention is one that concerns identity manipulation and molding according to the public’s preference. Daum for example asserts that by stating, вЂњPete knew nothing of my scattered, juvenile self, and I did my best to keep it this way (Daum 1997).вЂќ Not only does the reader appreciate hier honesty but also the reader can relate hier assumption to the text вЂњBoy, You Fight like a GirlвЂќ which is a text discussed earlier ter class. Daum also presents the reader with numerous fragments of hier identity: the Juvenile person within hier frente a the successful writer. By doing so, Daum raises questions concerning identity manipulation, cyberspace, and integrity which indulge the reader ter a debate. Yet, again she fails to capture the readers’ utter support spil she only provides evidence based on hier opinion and private encounters.
The author doesn’t avoid logical fallacies via hier text. Daum makes several hasty generalizations spil she bases hier article on hier private encounters, she assumes that all posible relationships end up with heart pauze and frustration. Te fact, the author forgets that some online relationships end with blessed endings. By excluding this tegenstoot argument, hier text only discusses one side of the punt at forearm, hence, doesn’t go after logical thinking which requires support, arguments and tegenstoot arguments, and credible evidence. Had the author included a toonbank argument, refuted it and not only appealed to the reader’s ethos and pathos, the text would have bot more credible, scientific, and logical.
Daum also uses emotionally loaded words to convey hier message which appeals to the leader’s ethos and pathos but also manipulates his logos. For example, the author refers to the human desire to be love, adored, and desired by others. Since this desire te found ter every person, by referring to such issues the author uses an emotional rather than a logical treatment to tackle the subject. The reader then sympathizes with the author rather than evaluates hier credibility. For example, the writer states, вЂњI desired it, all of it. I wished unfettered affection, soul-mating, true romance (Daum 1997).вЂќ Another example is when the author shows hier frustration and distress at the end of the article by stating that, вЂњOur particular version of intimity now obscured by the branches and figures and falling debris that make up the physical world.вЂќ The reader is intensely impacted by word such spil obscured, debris, affection among others, and feels the author’s contempt and dissatisfaction rather than digging deeper to know the reason behind the relationship’s failure ter the physical world.
Spil a sum up, вЂњVirtual LoveвЂќ a text by Meghan Daum discusses online-relationships based on the author’s individual practice. Through a individual objectief, Daum intrigues the reader with hier individual encounters and concludes that the physical world stands spil an obstacle te pui of online-relationships. The writer spil discussed earlier carries the reader on a journey into hier private life recalling events that ended up leaving several ripples on hier life. Overall, the writer did a good job presenting hier idea and supporting it using private practice, yet fails when restricting hier support to hier encounters. Te the end, the reader is left with questions concerning imaginario love, the physical world, and the ultimate desire to attain happiness.