Audience Analysis

Date: 4/10/2017

Reviewer Name: Ang Zhou

Name of Website: (I only received a word doc of three blogs and I didn’t find URL of the website in google doc before Sunday midnight)

 

Blog Post#1 Title: Flying high with aerospace engineering.

  1. What examples from blog#1 demonstrate how the author has presented information in a persuasive manner as opposed to just informational?

The author tried to show the audience that aerospace engineer is interesting. And, the author compared the aerospace engineer with computer science engineer to show why aerospace engineer is interesting.

  1. What examples from blog #1 demonstrate how the author has customized the article to their unique target audience as opposed to providing generic content that can be applied to any target audience?

The author specified at the end of this blog that engineering is the way to go for those unique audience who want to learn awesome new things and be able to solve the world’s problems with clever uses of science and math.

  1. What examples from blog #1 demonstrate how the author has designed the overall website in a way that will be easy for readers to navigate?

Since I only got the doc instead of website, I think I can’t figure it out.

  1. What examples from blog #1 demonstrate how the author has considered potential misconceptions or counter-arguments about their topic?

The author point out that aerospace engineer is hard but interesting at the beginning of this blog.

  1. How can the writer revise this article to make it more compelling?

The topic is about aerospace engineering, but the second paragraph of this blog is about the general engineering. I think it will be more compelling if you introduce “What is aerospace engineering?” instead of “What is engineering?” I can’t find any in-text citation in this document either.

 

Blog Post#2 Title: Keeping the Economy afloat: Economics major

  1. What examples from blog#2 demonstrate how the author has presented information in a persuasive manner as opposed to just informational?

The author illustrates the aftermath of the crash in 2008, telling the audience that economists can clearly see the signs that caused the recession. Besides that, the author states another attractive point is that Economy majors have the time to join many clubs on campus.

  1. What examples from blog #2 demonstrate how the author has customized the article to their unique target audience as opposed to providing generic content that can be applied to any target audience?

I think this blog can be applied to all high school students since the author didn’t specify what kind of qualities should the audience have.

  1. What examples from blog #2 demonstrate how the author has designed the overall website in a way that will be easy for readers to navigate?

Since I only got the doc instead of website, I think I can’t figure it out.

  1. What examples from blog #2 demonstrate how the author has considered potential misconceptions or counter-arguments about their topic?

I didn’t find any counter argument in this blog.

  1. How can the writer revise this article to make it more compelling?

First, I think the project lets us to recommend ONE major or program to a specific group of high school students. So I guess you probably should choose only one major and write 10 blogs about that. Second, I didn’t find any sources used in this blog, which looks weird. Third, the words in this blog might not be enough. I will strongly suggest the author to have a look on the sample of final project posted on elms, which is really helpful.

 

Blog Post#3 Title: Saving the World in Global Public Health

  1. What examples from blog#3 demonstrate how the author has presented information in a persuasive manner as opposed to just informational?

The author use himself/herself as an example to tell the audience that being a global public health major is a rewarding decision. The author shows the passion of describing his stories about global public health, thereby attracting the audience to gain interests on this major.

  1. What examples from blog #3 demonstrate how the author has customized the article to their unique target audience as opposed to providing generic content that can be applied to any target audience?

Still, I think this blog can be applied to any target audience. The author tells a lot of personal experience but never mentions audience.

  1. What examples from blog #3 demonstrate how the author has designed the overall website in a way that will be easy for readers to navigate?

Since I only got the doc instead of website, I think I can’t figure it out.

  1. What examples from blog #3 demonstrate how the author has considered potential misconceptions or counter-arguments about their topic?

I didn’t find any counter argument in this blog.

 

  1. How can the writer revise this article to make it more compelling?

Telling the personal stories about Global Public Health is okay, but I think you should also apply more credible secondary sources or personal survey or interview. Besides that, keep audience in your mind is very important. Instead of keep talking about yourself, you probably should mention your audience and explain why this major is suitable for your specific audience.

 

  1. Have I uploaded my complete guide to my peer’s comment box?

Yes.

  1. Have I uploaded my completed guide to my own assignment space?

Yes.

 

Advertisements

Pros vs. Cons of Gun Control

Taking a look at a piece written by procon.org, that details the pros of gun control and the issues with guns that aren’t controlled, we can clearly see that we need to control guns. “The United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people, or about 270,000,000 guns, which is the highest total and per capita number in the world. 22% of Americans own one or more guns.” That goes to show that a lot more people have a gun, probably more than you thought so. Now, out of that 88.8 people, how many were screened or even vaguely checked out. 

This piece is a great look at both sides of the argument. The “con” side seems to offer arguments that are far fetched like protection from the government and foreign invaders, which are a bit out of line considering the billions of dollars we spend on self-defense annually. The “pro” side of the argument is backed with valid points that entail the importance of saving lives.

Getting rid of guns in all would be out of line and unfair; but what we want are strict regulations in order to secure others don’t have firearms. If you deserve a gun, then you can be awarded one, but with proper background checks.

Looking From Different Perspectives

gun_deaths5b.jpg

As this image shows you, homicides are out of control in America. Increased gun control laws would impact this chart in a positive way for our country. With harder access to firearms, there is no chance the United States could be as devastating as this image shows. The scariest part is that this graph is from 2012 and homicides via firearm have only become more frequent.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/01/oregon-umpqua-community-college-shooting

If you follow this link, you can see just how impactful these mass shootings are in America. As Obama stated after the deadly massacre at Umpqua community college, “As I said just a few months ago and I said a few months before that and each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough.” Americans can continue to pray these awful acts of violence do not take place, but the sad reality is that they will continue to take place until our country puts down harsher laws on gun control. One mentally unstable person getting his or her hands on a gun without being background checked can alter the lives of hundreds.

1aRJxkk.jpg

This picture says it all. Americans continue to fail to realize the issue at hand. This image depicts these mass shooters as obviously insane people. What the person who created this image fails to realize is that they are proving themselves wrong. It is a gun problem and the problem is that these people they are trying to say are crazy are easily getting their hands on guns, whether they are background checked or not. If laws were intensified to prevent people like this to have firearm weapons, more mass shootings would be prevented as well.

http://www.bradycampaign.org/key-gun-violence-statistics

This website shows many great statistics as to why gun control laws must be passed to make it more difficult to obtain firearms. Aside from mass shootings, every day 7 children and teens are killed through gun violence. The future of our country is being negatively altered and it does not help that guns are so easy to be bought. Shockingly, approximately 32,514 people die from gun violence in America. That does not include the 75,962 people who survive gun shot wounds. These statistics are amazing in how they demonstrate why guns must be removed from the mentally insane. Background checks on every gun purchaser will save thousands of lives every year.chart-2-gun.jpeg

gun-violence.jpg

Why Gun Control?

Gun control has been a controversial topic across the nation for a long time now. Some people say restricting guns is an awful idea. They believe it is the right of all American citizens to bear arms and it serves as protection for millions of people. On the other hand, many Americans see guns as extremely dangerous, especially with all of the mass shootings going on in The United States in recent years. Since December 2012, when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took place, 892 mass shootings have happened since, with at least 967 people dead from these shootings. Other notable mass shootings involving guns include Virginia Tech’s shooting in 2007, where 33 people were killed including the gunman, and the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting in 2012, which claimed twelve lives. Gun supporters have their reasons, but gun control and regulations needs to be increased, as guns are too deadly and dangerous to continue being put in the hands of mentally insane people.

    With at least 300 million firearms estimated to be present in America currently, a shocking statistic from the website, The Trace, approximately 40 percent of people obtain firearms without a background check. This is very scary for America, as there are so many firearms across the country that could be used by citizens who should never be able to buy a gun. Unfortunately, this is a big factor in why mass shootings occur. If background checks and gun laws can be enhanced and improved, firearms can be put in safer hands, while those who are trying to use guns for extremely wrong reasons will have a much tougher time acquiring weapons. These intensifications of gun laws could save this country from the tragedies we seem to experience every 2 months. Safety is obviously key in this argument, but are guns really keeping us safe as they take thousands of lives at the same time?

Rob Dushaj

IMG_2128Greetings, my name is Rob and I am a junior here at the University of Maryland. I aspire to graduate with a degree in Communications. I strongly support gun control and hope that a happy medium can be met in order to allow people the right to bear arms but, only if the process in which they obtain these arms is strictly regulated. Minimizing violence and saving lives should be a concern for everyone, privileged or not.