The Rhetorical Analysis of the Seriousness of Food
Thinking about the importance and significance of food respective to our health, ethnic culture and society can cause cavernous, profound, and even questionable thoughts such as: “Is food taken for granted?”, “Is specialty foods just a fad or a change in lifestyle?”, and even “Is food becoming the enemy.” Mark Bittman, an established food journalist, wrote an article called “Why take food seriously?” In this article, Bittman enlightens the reader with a brief history lesson of America’s appreciation of food over the past decades. This history lesson leads to where the social standing of food is today and how it is affecting not only the people of America, but also the rest of the world. Bittman attempts to display awareness in his audience by supporting his argument and encouraging his readers to see his perspective through three proofs of persuasion: ethos, logos, and pathos. Bittman’s ethos is immediately realized simply through who his stature. Bittman has been a food journalist for the past thirty two years. Within that time, he has managed to write bestselling books including: “How to Cook Everything”, “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”, and “Food Matters.” He also writes for the New York Times in his own weekly column called “The Minimalist.” Along with professional experience, there is personal experience. The article opens with Bittman stating, “Our relationship with food is changing more rapidly than ever, and like many others, I’ve watched in awe.” Bittman has been a food journalist since 1980. Therefore, he has witnessed the ever changing perspective of food in society with an “unusual” perspective. He has observed and followed the effects of which foods has brought forth to health, media, and the rest of the world. This gives the reader a sense of trust because he has experienced it first hand. Even with his palpable experience and expertise with food, his ethos is continued...
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