America 's Public Service Announcement Essay

1323 Words Nov 12th, 2015 6 Pages
This public service announcement is a response to the need for change, regarding the distribution of wealth in the U.S. “The latest data shows that roughly 75 percent of the financial wealth in America is held in the hands of the top 10 percent of households. Or to invert this, 25 percent of all US wealth is divided up amongst the bottom 90 percent of the population.” (MyBudget360, 2013, p. 1). Why should only 10% of Americans deserve 75% of the wealth? America is a country where everyone, whether you’re rich or poor, black or white, protestant or catholic, or democrat or republican, have an equal chance to prosper and an equal voice in how this country is run. We are all supposed to be treated equally, yet only an elite, wealthy few are afforded privileges due to their financial status. The rich are in power and influence the most change, and unfortunately it’s usually to help them become even richer. In Figure 1 (the background of this ad), the stars on the American flag are replaced by well-known corporate logos. This picture incorporates the use of pathos, or appealing to emotion. Originally, the stars on the American flag represent the 50 United States that each have a number of votes in democratic elections. Replacing the stars with corporate logos represents how these corporations influence decision making in America and have more influence than the average U.S. citizen. Many viewers will recognize most of the logos on the flag and it may…

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