Analysis Of The Article ' Lost Of America ' By Douglas Mcgray
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In his article “Lost in America,” Douglas McGray highlights the issues of isolationism in the American educational system. The article was issued by Foreign Policy magazine in 2006. Through his article, McGray expresses his concerns about the lack of focus of the American educational system on the learning of foreign cultures. McGray’s target audience is people that can make changes in the educational curriculum, which signifies that his intended audience includes American legislators involved in American curriculum policies. McGray, who is co-creator and editor-in-chief of Pop-Up Magazine, claims that Americans are neglecting a valuable resource that is essential for the future generations’ success in the competitive world market. In his article “Lost in America,” McGray uses anecdotes to build credibility and trust, uses hyperboles to surprise and instigate fear, and motivates his audience with a call to action, to provide American legislators the actual state of the American education and effectively persuade them to incorporate foreign culture studies into the American educational curriculum.
McGray cleverly uses personal anecdotes to build reliability and present himself as a trustworthy writer. Used at the beginning of the article, McGray’s anecdote talks about the lack of geographical knowledge of an American teenager. McGray shares, “Christina is a modern, multitasking, American 15-years-old… Christina is puzzled. “The Philippines is an island?” she asks