What An Unemployed Millennial Learned At Summer Camp By Joi Loviere

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The opinion article, “What an Unemployed Millennial Learned at Summer Camp” written by Joi Louviere, utilizes various rhetorical techniques to effectively convey the rhetors claim. Louviere’s opinion piece encompasses the life of a 28-year-old millennial who struggles to hold a full-time job in her career field, even with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. In lieu of her inability to hold a job, she reaches out to an old summer camp that she used to attend, in hopes of sharpening her resume so she can find a full-time job after the summer. Throughout the summer, Louviere gathers information from the girls attending the summer camp that her anxiety and stress levels deter her from the ability to hold a full-time job. The most effective ways …show more content…
Since the reader may not be familiar with studies regarding emotional energy, the author develops her own claims regarding how emotional energy has affected her personally. The use of artistic logos in the opinion piece effectively allows the reader to feel persuaded by the authors claim and believe her experience although it is not based on facts. Additionally, the author uses certain rhetorical fallacies to better her claim, although it is not backed by facts or evidence. To begin, the author uses overly sentimental appeals, “I had been spending so much energy on being upset with myself, my career path and my inability to ‘get things right,’” (Louviere 1). With the authors use of overly sentimental appeals, it dulls the audience to the claim the author uses making it seem that the authors claim must be true since she is so sentimental about it. Additionally, the rhetorical fallacy, hasty generalization can be seen in the opinion piece as the author claims emotional energy is what set her back when looking for a job, therefore, everyone unemployed must be set back by emotional energy. Although this could be true, the lack of logical data in the authors opinion piece cannot support the claim made. With additional research on emotion energy, I found that emotional energy and how we focus our energy, proving that your own mind can …show more content…
First, after conducting research on the author, Louviere wrote only one article during her career. No additional materials have been published by this author on the New York Times database as well as any additional websites. Not only does this prove no background to the credibility of the author, but it reduces the readers ability to believe the authors claim. But, research on the topic of emotional energy proves that the author's claim can be backup with additional context. Cynthia W. Lubow of Good states, "… having low emotional energy is like wanting to run a marathon when your legs are tied together. Sometimes this symptom comes in people who have been very ambitious and worked so hard they burned themselves out. Even more confusingly, people can sometimes have enough physical energy to act, but still not have the emotional energy required to act," (Lubow 8). The rhetors claim is backed up by evidence but without the use of this evidence in her opinion piece, the audience can view the claim as false. Additionally, GoodTherapy.org also stated in a separate article, “emotional overwhelm, or a state of being beset by intense emotion that is difficult to manage, can often affect a person's ability to think and act rationally or perform in an efficient and functional manner,” (1). The under

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