Analysis of Eating Disorders Essay

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The rising frequency of teen Internet and social media use, in particular Facebook, has cause parents to lose sight of these websites harmful attributes that lead to eating disorders and extreme dieting. Michele Foster, author of “Internet Marketing Through Facebook: Influencing Body Image in Teens and Young Adults”, published October 2008 in Self Help Magazine, argues Facebook has become the leading social network for teens and young adults aging 17 to 25 years of age, and is also the age range that has significant increases in Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa in women. Foster accomplishes her purpose, which is to draw the parents of teen’s attention to the loosely regulated advertisements on Facebook and Facebook’s reluctance to ban…show more content…
If a woman is listed as ‘engaged’ she is more likely to be bombarded with ads that read, “Do you want to be a fat bride?” Foster’s use of examples support a strong and well developed logos appeal. In addition to Foster’s logos appeal, she creates a pathos appeal through use of diction. Foster’s use of heavily loaded words such as “bombarded,” “vulnerable,” “fat bride,” “imperfections,” and “disgusting” establish the connection of how advertisers draw Facebook users onto their website links. Through this style of diction, Foster wants her audience to feel offended by Facebook’s lack of sensitivity for its users, and compelled to stop using Facebook. Lastly, Foster creates an ethos appeal through examples and persona. Foster comes from a background in Counseling Psychology. She offers tools that parents can utilize to counteract developing side effects teens may undergo as a result of visiting an eating disorder or extreme dieting website. Foster shows persona in the closing paragraph of her article. She conveys to her audience her exact emotion and expectation that is to be taken away from reading her article. She writes, “It is my hope that those who read this article will not simply ban their children from using Facebook or enforce rigid rules for use. Instead, it is important for parents to have open conversations…to protect themselves from Facebook’s negativity. (Foster, 2008)” Foster controls her audience
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