Boston Legal closing arguments by yantingting

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									                         ARGUMENT: Using Issues of Today
                               By Boston Legal


WARNING!
CONTAINS: Explicit Content, Adult Situations, Sexuality, Absurdity, Bias, Humor.

Also: Important issues rampant in today’s society … I mean these links to help spark ideas for
topics for your papers. BL uses all three “modes of persuasion” (Logos, Pathos, and Ethos).
These three modes help you appeal to your audience when you write. In the show, they help
convince their juries of the innocence of the defendant.

Boston Legal also use some astonishing facts (most true!) about the society we live in. In most
cases, Boston Legal will NOT be a source for your paper, but a starting point. You’ll need to find
your sources through the LCC databases and other means (some websites, .gov sites, books,
newspaper articles, interviews, etc.) But the issues they raise are real issues.

View the topics that interest you. We might be able to have a discussion board about the
ISSUES – but not about the absurdity of the show or its crazy characters.

Again, I provide these clips as a means to understanding ARGUMENT…


AMERICA TODAY (you saw this week 1)
Stick it   http://www.wingsofjustice.com/06/03/BL-2x19-StickIt-ClosingArguments.wmv
The Script http://www.boston-legal.org/19-stickit/ep19-stickit.shtml#dialogue



CENSORSHIP (bias in academia)
http://www.livevideo.com/video/19F4A537702D4D4DA5DD62F3B7FF7E0F/the-best-of-alan-
shore-1x16.aspx


OBESITY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQlTYi8HbFY&NR=1


PRIVACY OF INFORMATION / INTERNET SECURITY
http://www.livevideo.com/video/429E150156824082B46898BCB7E724EC/the-best-of-alan-
shore-2x13-.aspx
GAY RIGHTS
“Same Sex Attraction Disorder” …and big pharmaceutical
http://www.livevideo.com/video/5AC6F3D2820D45618A0F62EC43B7DB74/the-best-of-alan-
shore-3x14.aspx
(10 min. Some “set up” but important closing argument and closing scene)


GUANTANAMO BAY & TORTURE
http://www.livevideo.com/video/333CCE47F91A4855A4CBB93D14916239/the-best-of-alan-
shore-3x22-.aspx



The links below are to more commonly argued subject matter. If you can find a UNIQUE
PERSPECTIVE … A FRESH APPROACH to these topics, then they too are possibilities for your
papers. But, your audience has already read many a paper on these subjects, so a fresh
approach is almost imperative. Your audience (and next, we’ll try to do an audience analysis)
wants fresh, unique perspectives and localized issues as much as possible.


ASSISTED SUICIDE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4la8Izrwea8


DEATH PENALTY
Louisiana (in front of the Supreme Court)
http://www.livevideo.com/video/embedLink/BDB754D9D649445783C70D8AD7480A8C/60349
2/alan-shore-argues-before-the-s.aspx

Texas
http://www.livevideo.com/video/197309A18CAD4D54BA9D63ECFBC615F4/the-best-of-alan-
shore-1x17-.aspx

								
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