Rhetorical Analysis of 'Supersaturation, or, the Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling' by Todd Gitlin

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August 12, 2012

Supersaturation, or, The Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling by Todd Gitlin
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1. The writer Todd Gitlin uses three different terms in the title of his essay “Supersaturation, or, The Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling.” By using these three embossing terms in the title of his essay the writer fascinates his readers in a brilliant manner. The Dictionary meaning of the term supersaturation is to increase the concentration on something beyond its saturation point. In his essay the concept of supersaturation is implied by the writer to show his readers, that how the media’s increased concentration has affected our society in different ways. The writer also reflects the concept of supersaturation in today’s world by saying “the flow of images and sounds through the household of rich world, and the richer parts of the poor world, seems unremarkable today (Gitlin 547).” The concept of disposable feeling is addressed by the writer in many different ways in the essay. The writer tells us about the difference between our current life and the life back in seventeenth century. The writer mainly highlights the concept of disposable feeling about the media torrent by saying “we may ignore them most of the time, take issue with them or shrug them off, but we must do the work of dispelling them-and even then, we know we can usher them into our presence whenever we like(Gitlin 547).”

Rhetoric 1. In this essay the writer Todd Gitlin argues comparing two different eras of our society. The writer compares the seventeenth century to this modern era in an effort to show his readers the domination of media torrent currently existing in our society. Gitlin’s claim is clearly stated in the first paragraph of the essay. The writer states his claim clearly by saying “these pictures were pleasing, but more: They were proofs of taste and prosperity, amusement and news at once (Gitlin 547).” We can say that the writer relies on his own opinions

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