Negativity And Glumness In The Lakeland Times

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In response to the overall feelings of negativity and glumness in the country, the Lakeland Times presented an article in November of 2011 that encouraged an earlier celebrating of the Christmas spirit. In the article “Let the decorations begin, bring on the holiday” The Lakeland Times ineffectively introduces a call for the Christmas spirit by encouraging individuals to decorate for the holiday early. This appeal ineffectively uses several points creating an article full of generalizations rather than actual evidence including, the glumness brought by a struggling economy, too much focus on politics, the need for unity within the country, commercialization and how it is not affected early decorating, as well as how early decorating shows …show more content…
The author connects this to the unemployment rate by stating: “The national unemployment rate is stuck at about 9 percent” the author continues, showing the lack of jobs from the recent economic recession in 2009, and how few individuals are happy with the nation’s economy. However, their points are fallacies by the fact that they use generalizations as their evidence rather than actual facts. An example of these generalizations is when they were writing about unemployment rate. When they talk about the rate of unemployment they use the word about, which gives the idea they don’t actually no if that number is entirely correct. After stating the unemployment rate, they make an unnecessarily remark: “but we all really know it 's much higher than that” making it sound as though they are not stating accurate material or don’t believe their …show more content…
the author makes a statement on the early setting up for Christmas and commercialization by saying: “we 're not talking here about the commercialization of Christmas, and the ever earlier advertising that goes with it; that 's a different issue.” By stating this, the author demonstrates the idea of commercialization and early decorating as not being the same issue. The author seems to focus on trying to get their audience to see Christmas decorations as more of a reflection of national attitude. This commercialization may encourage the idea and desire of earlier decorating in the minds of Americans. However, the author needs more information to back up their claim that commercialism is not effecting early set up of decorations. Later, the Lakeland Time’s author comments saying: “I saw in-store Christmas displays in late September” showing that commercialization may not be a separate issue, which could lead to the audience feeling confused about what the author is trying to advocate

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