His point being that nature is not important in today’s society. He asks the reader “More important, why do so many people no longer consider the physical world worth watching?” to prove a point that Americans don’t care to look at nature anymore. This question also may make a reader take a look on their outlook of how they treat nature. This quote, “Why do so many Americans say they want their children to watch less TV, yet continue to expand their opportunities to watch it?” questions parenting skills in today’s society. It’s basically the parents fault that kids don’t pay attention to nature
A window, that is, untainted by a reflection from any sort of "multimedia entertainment product". Louv uses a loose sentence to accumulate sights seen from this window—"the empty farmhouse…the variety of architecture…the woods and fields and water beyond the seamy edges"; in summation, "all that was and still is available to the eyes." The detailed descriptions are intended to appeal to the reader's emotions, to nostalgia for a time before phones. It is in the final part of that sentence that Louv truly hits his point, that these wistful memories are "still available" to us. Mother Nature is still out there, awaiting the delight of new company, while the children of the Digital Age watch television in the back
In his 2008 novel, Last Child in the Woods, journalist and natural idealist Richard Louv demonstrates the effect that separation from nature has on children. Using a variety of rhetorical strategies, Louv reminds the different parents, as agree cohort which adapted alongside new technology, of the benefits they received from nature prior to the technological revolution. Louv persuades them to instill an appreciation of the natural world in their children, even if such appreciation deviates from societal norms.
As humans become intrigued to the developing digital reality around them, they become unaware of the existing world around them. Within Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods, Louv begins to explain the advancement of technology, then continues to argue about how society is beginning to drift away from the experiences of nature. Louv also calls the audience into action, he develops his argument with the use of irony and juxtaposition. He thoroughly applies juxtaposition and irony creates an aspiring tone for the audience to bring action of the upcoming world.
Many see the grass of yesterday as greener. This is the case with Richard Louv in his work Lost Child in the Woods where he believes that today’s society is too removed from nature and too obsessed with technology. Louv claims that as the world becomes increasingly influenced by technology the “true nature” is less valued than it was with previous eras. He successfully uses rhetorical techniques in order to accomplish his purpose of criticizing the people of today for distancing themselves from the natural world.
Richard Louv uses imagery as a means of showing the difference of engagement with nature a long time ago vs now. When he is speaking about the past the image of a kid looking out the window of a car soaking up everything they are seeing in their boredom is used and conveys how attached to nature they were. When speaking on the present, the image of kids in the back of a car looking at screens and playing video games while the world passes by them is clear. The kids on their
Journalist Richard Louv, in this excerpt from Last Child in the Woods, discusses the growing rift between children and the observation of nature, partly due to fewer children watching the outside world from the car window. Louv argues that presently, children are missing out on the “understanding of how cities and nature fit together,” due to backseat entertainment such as built in TV’s and video games. Dispersed throughout this passage, Louv uses specific anecdotes to establish ethical credibility, as well as rhetorical questions to further his main claim–children and nature are becoming increasingly more separate.
To start off, Louv instantly begins to demonstrate his argument by using strong emotional appeal to have the audiance to realize the depth of the situation we are in. For example, Louv begins with giving an example of how not only are we not in touch with nature but we now no longer respect it. He quotes how in the State University of New York at Buffalo they are taking innocent butterflies from their homes and placing advertisements on them. Additionally they also place adverstisments on sandy beaches and in public and private parks. When asked writer Matt Richtel says “its time for nature to carry its weight” (line 9) When Louv wrote this he attends the audicance to feel horrified and out-raged by Richtel’s remark. That nature is here for us to admire and value not for us to place an advertisment for cell phones or a major cooperation and it also furthers he’s point that we no longer respect the world we live in. Also, an emotional appeal that Louv uses to further explain his point is by using imagery to have adults fantacise about their childhoods. “We saw birds on the wires and combines in the fields. We were fascinatres with roadkill, and we counted cows are horses… We held our little plastic cars against the glass and pretended that the, too, were