Professional ysis of Published Works

Professional columnists have often enjoyed the luxury of an additional writer to verify their work. This person is usually an editor or proofreader. Each day, millions of pages of text are scrutinized for accuracy by the public. Many times, people have read through an article and found an error in syntax or spelling. It almost appears to be a rewarding experience for the reader to discover an error in professional works. I have noticed that writers sacrifice their articulation for eye-grabbing slang. Is this sacrifice worth it? Does it sell books or magazines? I will explore these and many more questions as I attempt to enter the professional writers’ mindset of methods and techniques. I have compiled six articles from various professional sources. They all differ in content and writing style. However, they all fit the discipline of my major, sociological law.
The first article in the ytical queue is published in Time Magazine, “From the Fists of s." This article addresses the question of prosecuting a six-year-old child for . I can empathize with the author receiving this assignment. In a previous criminal justice class, I wrote a term paper dealing with juvenile ers. It was a difficult assignment because of its ethical and moral implications. Juvenile prosecution is a very sensitive topic of discussion in our society. The author had to take many cautious measures to remain neutral. He did an excellent job of stating the facts and injecting the judicial statutes dealing with juvenile delinquency. In proper keeping with the three modes of persuasion, Toufexis decided to persuade the audience through the logical approach. The reader was not influenced by passions, prejudices, or customs. Facts were written in a logical fashion and presented to the reader in a chronological order. This approach was noteworthy because of the sensitive nature of juvenile . It also allowed the reader to decide their own opinions related to the facts presented in the story. Furthermore, the ideologies of the reader are not distorted by the convictions of the writer.
Had the author decided to use an ethical presentation of the facts of this story, the virtuous battle lines between the reader and the writer would be drawn. The author would also be forced to adopt an opinion relating to the issue of the crime surrounding it. This could possibly lead to the reader condemning it for lack of neutrality. Moreover, writers are expected to maintain a non-biased aspect when reporting a story.
Additional investigation of Toufexis’ work uncovered the limited use of figures of speech. One aspect of professional writing that I have discovered in my research declares the use of figures of speech as a primary viaduct of diction is strongly discouraged by many rhetoricians (Corbett 357). Additionally, restricted use of figures of speech constitutes an effective form of message delivery. Figures of speech should be used to seize a reader\'s attention and focus on a particular point. They should not be overused or their effectiveness is greatly reduced. Toufexis does a satisfactory job when utilizing some available figures of speech.
According to the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, readability statistic’s for this article were 11.1. This indicates that an 11th grader would have no problem reading and understanding the article. However, I found a few sentences that lacked proper style schemes. The use of a Syllepsis’ is noted in the following sentence, “Police initially believed the tragedy grew out of a theft.” I believe the use of the word grew projected a very weak meaning of the sentence. Perhaps a better way of writing this sentence is, “Initially police believed the tragedy stemmed from theft.” Better word choice could have assisted the writer in producing a clearer and more understandable image.
Charles S. Lee and Lester Sloan incorporate unlike forms of style than the previous article yzed, “From the Fists of s” by Anatasia Toufexis. In their article, “It’s Our Turn Now," from Newsweek Magazine, the writers are bound to deliver the extremely sensitive and e issue of . I decided to use the Bormuth Grade Level to gauge the reading level for this article. The Bormuth Grade level uses word length in characters and sentence length in words to determine a grade level. The results were ninth grade