Writing Stakes & The Braindead Megaphone


Using stakes in our writing is a means to remind our readers that the topic we choose to write about is more relevant than it seems. How can we make our writing relate to bigger things? The article of discussion is by George Saunders: “The Braindead Megaphone”  

Hypothetical Examples: There were a lot of hypothetical examples in order to get the audience to relate to the topic of discussion. There feels like there is some sort of cohesiveness going on throughout all of the examples. One main thread is how we communicate our ideas (ex: our thinking process, how we communicate our messages to our people, etc).

New Points are Broken Up: The essay is given unconventional breaks, putting each new point into sectioned numbers. It makes the essay as a whole more digestible to the audience of readers and keeps things organized.

Concrete Evidence: The author brings in some real world examples half way through the piece. He brings in an example of O.J. Simpson that ever so slightly drifts into his topic (concerning the media and how it is “very stupid”).

So far, Saunders seems to introduce his topic in a very small way and then open it up into a more general idea. In a way, it warms the readers up to something they may not necessarily want to read about, making it interesting. As for myself, when I write unconventional essays, I like the idea of telling a gripping story first and then introducing what I wish to discuss later on. This way of writing seems more natural!


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