Rhetorical Analysis of the Cdc Website

950 Words Aug 8th, 2014 4 Pages
Laura Jewell
ENG-105
07-13-2014
Rebecca Foy

The rhetorical analysis of the CDC’s website on ADHD. The CDC is a government funded organization, but they do not share enough information with the public, so we can be proactive in dealing with, or minimizing the negative effects of ADHD. The CDC is not sharing information that would help the public to understand, to minimize the questions being asked, and to what depths or severity ADHD is, or could be. Some of the public may not fully understand the context of the issues pertaining to ADHD, what the CDC’s actual credibility is, and to whom they are trying to impart their knowledge. When a young child is sick, we take them to the doctor. What if we do not know they are sick,
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The CDC does tell us that ADHD is a brain disorder, and that often a child does not grow out of it, “In better understanding ADHD and its effects, it is important to examine the disorder in the context of diverse academic adversities” (Martin, 2014, p.1). The CDC being government funded automatically means we can trust them, or so we think. The CDC is government funded, everyone knows that, what no one seems to know is where the information comes from. We assume, that because the CDC is government funded, that their social allegiance is to the U.S., but we do not know for sure, nor is there any place for us to check, (I do believe their allegiance is to the U.S.). The CDC is giving out plenty of information on ADHD for the public to read, but not giving us any knowledge on how to fix the problem. The people the CDC are trying to reach are more in the medical professions, such as doctors, nurses, and so on. The CDC is talking as though we all understand medical language, and this is not the case. With the CDC more aiming their information towards the medical community, it is inappropriate for them to have the information in the public domain where citizens, (who did not go to medical school to understand this information) can see all the symptoms and issues that can relate to having ADHD. This behavior alone can create a lot of issues,

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