Article Analysis of David Brooks' 'Carpe Diem Nation'
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The article in the New York Times titled, "Carpe Diem Nation" (2013) by David Brooks, depicts an editorial piece on the state of the American nation. In order to get his point across he uses five fallacies that make his argument biased, but does indeed prove his point. Fallacies ignore all reason and are false statements that are made in order to convince individuals to support a particular issue; it is a psychological tool used to convince individuals (Paul & Elder 2008).
The first fallacy that was used by the author was throwing in some statistics. This makes individuals think that the argument is more legit. It allows people to think that because there are facts involved in the argument, that it automatically carries more credibility (Paul & Elder 2008). In the author's attempt at proving his point that the United States government no longer thinks about the future, but about the present, he provides numbers upon numbers of cases that prove his point exactly (Brooks 2013). However, he fails to name the statistics that could just as easily disprove his claim. By providing his audience with statistics, the author is trying to give insight by providing us with prejudices. In the referenced article, another fallacy used by the author is attacking the person and not the argument (Paul & Elder 2008). He points out that the President is too focused on pleasing both sides, Democratic and Republican, that he is forgetting about the main issue at hand: the state of the nation