We’re living in a time where greater or lesser parts of our lives are on display on social media, and the saying “If it’s not on Instagram, it didn’t happen” is getting more and more real.
The trend of throwing extravagant events and afterwards posting perfect pictures of it on social media has now reached kids’ birthday parties as well.
But how much is too much? This is the question Meagan Francis asks in her article “Kids birthday parties are out of control. It’s time for the adults that throw them to get a grip.” for NBC News.
With the topic being kids’ birthday parties, Meagan Francis’ article is written with an intention of rooting out the idea that kids’ birthday parties must live up to certain - often unachievable - standards.
Meagan Francis from Michigan, USA is the sender of the article posted by NBC News on September 1st, 2019. Besides being a mom of five, Francis is a writer and co-host of “The Mom Hour” podcast.
Francis appeals to her audience’ feelings when describing how her own 10-year-old daughter feels after attending a simple, thrown-together birthday party:
“That was the best party I ever went to,” she sighed happily.” (page 3, line 34) With this statement, she tries to convince her audience that simple, thrown-together parties equal happy, balanced kids.
By including an emotional statement from a child, Francis uses pathos as a form of appeal. Meagan Francis also makes use of linguistic features to clarify her opinion and beliefs in relation to the topic.