Parents Should Be Allowed To Control What Kids Watch By Leland Yee Argumentative Essay

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Evaluation Essay Argumentative essays work to convince an audience that the writer 's point of view on a subject is the correct one, and to persuade the audience to agree with the author’s viewpoint. The author must provide evidence and appeal to his or her readers. “Parents Should Be Allowed to Control What Kids Watch”, an article by Leland Y. Yee is an argumentative essay explaining why parents should monitor the games their kids play and the TV shows they watch, and the consequences of not doing so. He provides examples of research he and others have done on the subject and encourages the reader to consider and ultimately agree with the points he is making. Yee’s article is a successful argumentative essay because he establishes why he …show more content…
Yee is a child psychologist and holds a Ph.D. in the subject. Since his subject matter deals with how video games, movies, and violence affect children’s brains, child psychology is an important aspect in proving his opinion to be correct. Leland Yee also discusses how in 2005 he Wrote a law to prohibit selling violent video games to minors, while he was unsuccessful in getting the law passed, we came more educated on the subject at hand in his article. Yee is also a member of the California Psychological Association. Overall, Yee proves himself to be immensely experienced. By providing readers with information about his career and his experience with child psychology Yee proves to the reader why his arguments on how violence affects children 's minds are plausible. Because of this his readers feel a sense of trust in Yee as opposed to a writer with less experience with the same …show more content…
“Parents Should Be Able to Control What Kids Watch” focuses on the facts of the matter at hand, and Yee uses a tone that communicates the facts in a professional, matter-of-fact way. In contrast, Yee could have used an arrogant, opinionated tone that would have made this article less successful in proving his argument. With this and matters discussed above in mind, my only critique on Yee’s article is that he does not address opposing arguments. Yee only notes the facts that back up his opinion on how video games and violence may affect children and ignores counterarguments. Without addressing the arguments others may have against his claims, it creates a weakness to what he is saying. For example, Yee may have included information about studies that do not support his theories and why these are incorrect. Or, Yee may have listed the reasons the law he made to prevent selling video games to minors failed and why this was a mistake. Either of these may have made Yee’s article

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