I’ve got this kid.
I’m astounded by how completely fucking clueless kids can be. This kid chose to answer this question:
For homework tonight, please go online and find two “rants,” one with which you agree and one with which you don’t; think about people like Dennis Miller, Keith Olbermann, Glenn Beck, George Carlin, Rachel Maddow and the like. You may also find blog posts or letters to the editor if those suit you better.
For each of the two presentations, write at least a page in which you critique the argument being made. What is the author’s purpose for the rant (what is he or she trying to accomplish)? Who is the intended audience? Are you a member of that audience and, if so, how does that affect the way you feel about the piece? What specific tactics does the author use to get his or her point across? Are they effective? Why or why not? How does the author introduce the topic, characterize the opposition, support his or her claims, and conclude the piece? Finally, what emotions or attitudes does the piece leave you with? Do you have unanswered questions or concerns? What could the author have done differently to make the piece more effective and/or convincing.
with this response:
Watching glen beck’s psycho, brain losing, crack induced, rant, he was FLIPPIN OUT on a lady calling and trashing him on health care and he yells swears and freaks out and calls her a f’n pin head.