Are celebrities to blame??

Essay by G.J.I June 2004

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"When you see your idols having gorgeous skin, perky breasts and slender thighs, isn't it almost impossible to look at your body and believe its perfect just the way it is." Mr Dickins and class an article taken form the April edition of 'Girlfriend' magazine argues just that.

This article uses the contentions of a well experienced plastic surgeon, to help support this argument. Dr Alfred Lewis, president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons states "I believe the number of teens having plastic surgery has increased because they're being bombarded every minute of their waking hours with information from television, magazines, and radio about what is considered as attractive." Although this argument may sound extreme, fairly generalised and is a great example of a subjective argument, it is very strong as it is an opinion coming from a well experienced professional. However, when one really contemplates on his words, it is hard to prove him wrong.

Teenagers are constantly surrounded by ideas of what's considered to be attractive and it is extremely difficult to escape the powerful grasp of the media.

This article also uses examples of emotive language, such as the words "I used to pray my boobs would get bigger" arouses our emotions and helps us empathise with her situation, although this can be considered as a weak point in most cases, in this article emotive language is a powerful technique used to persuade the target audience, to spice up the article, add a little flavour to it. This doesn't however necessarily make it a good argument, but it does make it very effective.

This article occasionally uses sharp, direct arguments to get straight to the point, for example "a bag of silicon or saline does not guarantee confidence, greater self-esteem or success." Which is a skilful...