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Ruin Porn Summary

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Upon your request, I analyzed the article regarding the subject of “Ruin Porn” by Brian Doucet and Drew Philp. After analyzing, I do think this article should be published in the Shorthorn. Readers of the Shorthorn would find this to be a credible article, and they would also find it to be very persuasive due to the clear use of ethos, logos, and pathos when describing the city of Detroit and the artists, which take advantage of the parts of the city, which appear to be deteriorating. The authors’ central claim is that though Detroit is a city that contains many places, which are in ruins, and some of the ruins may be aesthetically pleasing to some because these ruins seem fascinating, they do not show the condition of the people who are living…show more content…
According to the article, “Ruin Porn” is described as being based on aesthetics as well as being devoid of people. The images of the ruins in the city do not tell the heartbreaking stories of the inhabitants residing in the decomposing metropolis. Artists go to the city, take photos of these ruins, make their money, and at the end of the day, parts of the city are still in shambles and the people are still suffering. Detroit is often referred to as an empty city when in reality there are many people trying to make a home out of the ruins that these artists are making a living off of. The lack of representation of people in these artists’ work emphasizes the absence of sympathy and compassion for those residing in these areas. Shorthorn readers would agree with the authors on this because many parts of Arlington, Fort Worth, Dallas, and many other neighboring cities do contain ruins which some artists take advantage of. Although these artists successfully depict the state of the city, they fail to convey the suffering and downfall of the citizens occupying
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