Synthesis #2 (Informational Text)

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Practice synthesis #2 question to prepare for the Grade 12 Provincial Exam

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“Blasting Music to Drown Out Reality” & “Creeping Disconnection”:

“Blasting Music to Drown Out Reality” & “Creeping Disconnection” Both Daniel Goleman and Sydney Harris discuss ways in which technology affects us adversely. Contrast the stylistic techniques they employ to convey their messages.

Tone:

Tone “Blasting Music…” “Creeping…” Descriptive “two sullen slack-jawed young assistants” “incessant, frenetic music” Impersonal; no self-reference “to whose existence the rapt listener has become largely indifferent” Editorializing; makes personal opinion clear “it remains my firm and unshakeable opinion that such people are as close to the moronic line as it is possible to get”

Acknowledgement of Opposition:

Acknowledgement of Opposition “Blasting Music…” “Creeping…” Throws doubt on others’ ideas “ ‘music’ ” (use of quotation marks indicate author is questioning the use of the word) Acknowledges opposing viewpoint fairly “To be sure, from the iPod wearer’s perspective, he is relating to someone”

Anecdotes:

Anecdotes “Blasting Music…” “Creeping…” Personal experience Contractor’s assistants Others’ experiences Rosie Garcia Editorializing; makes personal opinion clear “it remains my firm and unshakeable opinion that such people are as close to the moronic line as it is possible to get” Historical equivalencies Automobile

Data:

Data “Blasting Music…” “Creeping…” Hyperbole, with no statistical support “This urge…to keep reality at arm’s length is nearly pandemic in our society” “the vacuum in their minds” Statistical evidence “34 percent check in with their office ” Testimony from experts Director of Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society Opinions from respected famous people T.S. Eliot

Writing Techniques:

Writing Techniques “Blasting Music…” “Creeping…” Parallelism and repetition used for emphasis “It is not in order to hear the music, but in order that…” “not to bring something in, but to shut something out” Jargon “social autism ” Sound devices “dull and deaden and dehumanize the soul ”

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