Poisoned Arrow By Marnia Robinson Analysis

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Pornography in Different View Points The acceleration in technologies and multiple media brings many forms of entertainment that never so widely available before, and online pornography, an emerge form of adult entertainment from the internet, is now an issue of public debate and moral value. In the topic, there are two major opposite points of view. Marnia Robinson, author of Cupid 's Poisoned Arrow: From Habit to Harmony in Sexual Relationships, views porn as an extreme stimulation and a potentially addicted behavior that need to be regulated strictly. She published her article Boys and Porn: It Ain’t Your Father’s Playboy, which is heavy inflicted her ideology on the topic. On the others hand, Christopher Shulgan, an author and writer for …show more content…
First of all, both of the authors are not researchers or experts in the effect of pornography in human brain. Yet, Ms. Robinson keeps pulling out many data and statistics from several research without the fully explanation of how or why those scientists got these data. She also uses her interest in the subject and a couple anonymous patients to conclude that porn leads to “erectile dysfunction” and “social anxiety” (Robinson). After the data is used to convey reader, Ms. Robinson turns her point and falsifies her data. “Even if science is lagging behind in reliable research, anecdotal evidence of internet porn’s risks is increasing” (Robinson). This weakens her credibility because she admits her data is not reliable or not sufficient for a concrete conclusion. On the others hand, Mr. Shulgan uses emotion and relies on his experience to come to conclusion. His judgement on Ms. Robinson’s point of view and his own experiences are used to make his points, which weakens his argument. Because he is not an expert and his attack on the opposite position make the argument become personal and one-sided. Mr. Shulgan does not use any specific or concrete scientific data, which are needed as evidence to prove his point. Overall, both articles do not contains a high degree in credibility and …show more content…
In Ms. Robinson’s article her emotion is not highlighted clearly. Most of the emotional evolve image is used to described porn effect on the brain, patient and behaviors. Her emotion is managed very well, although she has negative view on the subject. The emotion reveals in the article primary falls into a joke or caregivers’ advice, which is not condemning or ordering. This is very effective usage of pathos. However, Mr. Shulgan’s article is heavily rely on emotion. He finds holes in Ms. Robinson’s argument and exaggerate them to make his points appear more reasonable. He uses the “awesome” of the “sexual fetish” to evoke curiosity and desire of audience, which is purely emotions (Shulgan). Mr. Shulgan criticizes his coworker’s argument as “sketchy”. Finally in the last paragraph, he bombards audience with condemnation that her point is immature and simplicity. “Kudos to her for that” (Shulgan). The meaning of this quotes is not relate to the subject being discuss but an expression of his unmanageable emotion. Even at his conclusion, he ensures the results only base on his emotion. Mr. Shulgan’s article is not emotionally convincing, although his point is positive on the

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