Parkland Shooting’s Teen Survivors | Analytical essay

Some people may say, that politics is an adult discussion – that political problems are problems that need adult solutions.

This restriction of childhood becomes a problem, when young people have to endure the tragedies that stem from politics, they cannot do anything about.

The article ‘’The righteous Anger of the Parkland Shooting’s Teen survivors’’ is a perfect example on how politics should be for everyone

as it discusses the importance of adolescent’s participation in the political discussions through the strong voice of social media.

The tweets in Meyer’s article reflect the nature of social media like Twitter. In opposition to Meyer’s article itself, most of the exemplary tweets are written in a rather informal manner

as they use slang and abbreviations: ‘’a gun has killed 17 of my fellow classmates. A gun has traumatized my friends.

My entire school, traumatized from this tragedy. This could have been prevented. Please stfu tomi’’ (tweet, p. 3). As seen through the given example

each individual tweet is rather short and straight to the point. This gives the impression of the tweets being bursts of negative emotions and anger towards the US government.

A notable thing is that the tweets are a big contrast to the video ‘’Parkland Shooting Survivors on the ‘’March for Our Lives’’

in which it is very clear that the young people have been thinking about how to convey the message in the best way possible.

‘’It’s proved that this isn’t red and blue, this isn’t generation versus generation, this is the 97% of people who believe that we need to take steps here together’’ (min. 01:04-1:13).

In this quote the young man delivers his message by using an argumentum ad populum and several antitheses and by both logos and pathos he creates a feeling of unity in the country.

While the exemplary tweets in the article rely heavily on pathos, they use the rhetorical appeal in a different way than what is seen in the interview.

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