Freedom Of Speech : An Integral Part Of American Society Essay

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Freedom of speech has been an integral part of American society ever since the founding fathers gathered in Philadelphia to create the nation’s fundamental laws. The first amendment of the Constitution guarantees every American citizen the right to freedom of speech. In recent years, questions have arisen about whether free speech should be regulated, specifically on college campuses. Are college students too sensitive to handle issues brought up in free debate? Two articles that address this issue are “Millennials Will Soon Define ‘America,’ and That’s a Problem for Ideas” by Julie Lythcott-Haims and “Today’s Students Have a New Way of Looking at Free Speech” by Kathleen McCartney. The article by Ms. Lythcott-Haims argues that “millennials,” who will one day be in charge of America, will destroy the free exchange of ideas. Ms. McCartney’s article states that college students have multiple views on free speech and that most students want their campus to be an area of free debate. While McCartney makes a reasonable argument, Lythcott-Haims’ article achieves its rhetorical purpose more successfully because she effectively uses the rhetoric devices pathos, ethos, and logos to support her message that sensitive millennials threaten the future of ideas in America.
The first rhetoric device Julie Lythcott-Haims uses to her advantage is pathos. By using the term “millennials,” she conjures a certain stereotype within the audience. In the case of millennials, Lythcott-Haims…

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