Analysis of an Argument

An analysis of the author’s argument in a Waymarsh College article.

This paper provides an analysis of the author’s line of reasoning in the Waymarsh College article. The paper examines the author’s use of evidence, his writing deficiencies and his use of the informal fallacy. The paper explains how the writer defends his conclusion by appealing to force, authority and popular belief, instead of providing valid arguments and substantiated facts.
Informal reasoning occurs most often in opinion pieces featured in the mass media …in newspapers, magazines, television, the Internet, and so on (Grorake). Due to the article’s informal logic style, it would appear that its author’s perspective was biased and deceptive since he based his argument solely on the numbers, i.e., 200 students out of a student body of 12,000 at Waymarsh College marched to the state capitol building to protest against proposed cuts in funding for various state college programs. Since 12,000 is greater than 200, the 200 are not representative of the majority and therefore should not be considered.
Based on these assumptions, he purports the students who did not attend were not as concerned about their education since they either stayed on campus or left for winter breaks. Here again he is socially and politically biased. Yes, his declarative sentence has a truth-value, i.e. a truth value can be true or false. In either event, he has a declarative sentence and is peddling the statement as a context of persuasion to the consumers (Miller).