Essay on Don 't Blame Tv By Jeff Greenfield

709 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 3 Pages
When things go wrong, often one may look for a scapegoat, or some other reasoning behind an issue. This is psychological phenomenon in which something, or someone, is blamed for the sins or problems of others (Mathews). During the course of Jeff Greenfield’s essay on the influence of the television “Don’t Blame TV” he makes a persuasive argument attempting to prove the point that the television is not the thing causing some of the issues seen in America today, but rather just a scapegoat. Greenfield devises his thesis in the first few paragraphs, including a list of objects that society has blamed on the influence of the television inside the home (279). This list is then used as a guide for the different points that Greenfield will bring up in separate paragraphs over the duration of his work. Outlining his future points is just one strength of the essay, as it allows the reader to preview the issues that will be brought up. If one was to pick out a single sentence that could be described as Greenfield’s thesis, it may be “There’s good advice in that warning to some of television’s most vociferous critics, who are certain that every significant change in American social and political life can be traced, more or less directly, to the pervasive influence of TV” (279). Greenfield is warning those who blame TV that he is about to shoot down their argument through logic in a very persuasive manner. In order to have a persuasive argument such as the one Greenfield has…

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