Lesson 11-Evaluation Assignments
In the article ‘Keep The Drinking Age At 21,’ by Chicago Times, I believe that the authors main purpose was to express the dangers of lowering the drinking age to 18, and how that might affect society. The author says “Lowering the drinking age would transfer responsibility--and in some cases legal liability--from colleges and their presidents to the immature shoulders of 18-year-olds.” Even though the author is not quite clear on which position or side they’re taking, I can make an inference and state that the authors stance is against lowering the legal drinking age.
I can’t say that I think the article is fully ‘reliable,’ since this article can be considered a one-sided stance, or in other cases, biased. Considering that this article was created by an author from Chicago Times; which is a news company, should not have biased information. Journalists are supposed to stance on both sides, unless, under one circumstance, it is in an opinion only column. Yes, I study up on my regulations for Journalism. It’s what I plan to be when I ﬁnish with college. Back to the the assignment, here is an example that supports my thinking. “If an 18-year-old is old enough to ﬁght in war, he or she should also enjoy the right to drink.” This is what lost me. Is the author taking sides of wanting to change the legal drinking age, or not? The title clearly says, “Keep The Drinking Age At 21.” Now I am not saying that the author fully implies that their for the change, but things they’ve said made me think. “That would be lethal and unwise.” This would be an example of how the author incorporated their own opinion into their article, which once again makes this biased, and one-sided. Opinions are not facts, there for they cannot be proven. In society, people always give their opinions, and one-sided information to others. The news companies are the worst when being biased. Not saying that all journalists are like this, but for the most part,...
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