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"When you see your idols having gorgeous skin, perky breasts and slender thighs, isn't it almost impossible to look at your body and believe its perfect just the way it is." Mr Dickins and class an article taken form the April edition of 'Girlfriend' magazine argues just that. This article uses the contentions of a well experienced plastic surgeon, to help support this argument. Dr Alfred Lewis, president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons states "I believe the number of teens having plastic surgery has increased because they're being bombarded every minute of their waking hours with information from television, magazines, and radio about what is considered as attractive." Although this argument may sound extreme, fairly generalised and is a great example of a subjective argument, it is very strong as it is an opinion coming from a well experienced professional. However, when one really contemplates on his words, it is hard to prove him wrong. Teenagers are constantly surrounded by ideas of what's considered to be attractive and it is extremely difficult to escape the powerful grasp of the media. This article also uses examples of emotive language, such as the words "I used to pray my boobs would get bigger" arouses our emotions and helps us empathise with her situation, although this can be considered as a weak point in most cases, in this article emotive language is a powerful technique used to persuade the target audience, to spice up the article, add a little flavour to it. This doesn't however necessarily make it a good argument, but it does make it very effective. This article occasionally uses sharp, direct arguments to get straight to the point, for example "a bag of silicon or saline does not guarantee confidence, greater self-esteem or success." Which is a skilful technique as it gets the message across to teenagers openly. Dr Lewis also believes that part of the problem with the media is that we only see good-looking reading the news and adverting clothes. This argument implies that to be famous and successful you must be physically appealing. Jenna Franklin, a teenager is quoted "Every other person you see on TV has implants. If I want to be successful I need to have them to." This evidence is in full agreement with Dr Lewis' views. This article is also supported by visual evidence providing a picture of Dannii Minogue. Just look at her! She's absolutely flawless, great skin, deep eyes, nice curves, this enough to make me have plastic surgery; but that's not even the bad part, Dannii has confessed to boosting her breasts and has openly told the press how much she loves them, which in turn influences teens to go through with it. The strongest component that this argument has used is the addition of true examples. This forces the reader to believe, as there is real-life evidence of cases where teenagers have resorted to surgery thus making the article more personal. The article is comprised of a few of Dr Hodgkinson recent jobs. He completed a $20,000 operation 'refining the whole figure of a 17-year-old girl, a nose job on an 18-year-old-girl, and liposuction on a 15-year-old girl. This article demonstrates the use of sound arguments through using techniques such as the 'cause and effect' method, the media is the cause, teenagers getting plastic surgery is the effect it has. There is also the use of emotive language, quotes, objective analysis, expert opinion and real-life cases, and the use of both visual and scientific evidence. Overall this article powerfully argues that media through all its mediums pushes teenagers to take that extra step to have surgery and that celebrities play a major role in the decisions the youth make.
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