Rhtorical Analysis of "Disasters at Clubs" By Fred Bayles and Rick Hampson.

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Rhetorical Analysis of "Disasters at Clubs"

"Disasters at clubs" by Fred Bayles and Rick Hampson appeared in the USA TODAY on February 24, 2003, on the cover as part of a two page article on tragedies at clubs. IN Bayles and Hampson's view it's the same case of "too many people, too few exits, and too little time to escape" caused by the improved safety rules not being enforced or observed. The results, as Bayles and Hampson see it, are that preventable disasters and tragedies keep reoccurring like "characters in the Twilight Zone (a science fiction television show) episode, doomed to endlessly learn a painful lesson, forget it and learn it again". Bayles and Hampson point out that the safety at clubs has been improving. From 1928 to 1942 over 730 people died in fires at clubs. Since that time the inspectors, operators, and patrons have been more effective at preventing disasters.

However when the safety rules are not enforced it brings us back to point where disasters at clubs repeat their tragic history.

Bayles and Hampson's article is part of a bigger section in the USA TODAY about the current state of club security and inspections. There is always a chance for tragedy when you have so many people together, especially when there is alcohol involved. The technology is out there to prevent this type of thing from happening. However some club owners don't see the need to pay extra money to prevent something from happening that, in there mind, isn't likely to happen. The fire at The Station nightclub and the stampede at E2 have heightened the public's sense of awareness about these types of incidents. The fire sparked by a band's use of fireworks is "a dreadful outcome of what I consider careless behavior by those...