Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain
Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author.
Identify and name any fallacies used by the author.
State one argument made by the author.
Identify the premises and conclusion of the argument.
Is the author's argument valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak? Explain how you determined this.
Does the author use moral reasoning?
Some people have charged the alcoholic beverages industry with deliberately marketing beer and other alcoholic beverages to teens. Should the government regulate or ban alcohol advertising?
1. Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this.
Designating alcohol as a drug (it is like giving a dog a bad name to hang it), that alcohol is the leading drug problem facing America's youth, that alcohol is an illicit drug (while it is illegal to sell or give alcohol to minors, alcohol itself is not an illicit drug. One can even argue that it is not a drug but a beverage), the link between alcohol and violence, the author does not distinguish between responsible use of alcohol and its abuse.
2. Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain.
The submission that there is no young person in America who doesn't know it is illegal to drink is an ambiguous argument because it does not state who those young people are, or what the age range is. Are they 5, 7, teenagers or young adults? Also, is drinking illegal, even if it is done responsibly and also even when what is being drunk is not alcohol?
3. Identify and name any rhetorical devices used by the author.
Taking alcohol to be the leading drug problem facing America's teens. "Teens who drink should not be seen as "hapless victims" of advertising: "The fact that they may like a commercial is no excuse to break the law". There are many exaggerations. The author also tried to present both sides of the debate.
4. Identify and name any fallacies used by the author.
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This is a critical analysis of the article Teens and alcohol driving.