Thursday, October 17, 2013

Screw what they say it's all about me

chapter 12 of our book They Say/I Say is called "What's Motivating this Writer?" Basically they explain to you the importance of not only saying what you think or voicing your opinion but to also include what "They say". By talking about what they say you present to the reader what you are arguing against or with. By doing this we can help readers to better understand our side or our argument. It also can help readers to pick a side because it's better to see both sides of the argument. 
In the article "Don't Blame the Eater" by David Zinczenko he talks about fast food restaurants and how bad they can be for you. He starts off by implying why should mcdonalds get used by kids who are complain that they're getting fat from it. He says "isn't that like middle-aged men suing Porsche for making them get speeding tickets?"(195). If you read further on he talks about how fast food restaurants do not have calorie information charts on them and how a chicken salad winds up being about 1490 calories. From reading the article you would get the feeling he is opposing fast food restaurants but if you closely read the beginning he writes " I tend to sympathize with these portly fast food patrons,though."(195) Here you see that he never agrees with what he stated about suing Mcdonalds or other fast food restaurants. If you read closely he believe it's our fault for choosing to eat at these places. However he does bring up te idea that these restaurants SHOULD have the proper nutrition information in order to help keep coustemers a little more happier. If you knew that Big Mac was a dinners worth of calories would you stil eat it?...Probably. 
I believe Zinczenko was motivated to write this because he was a victim of these fast food horrors. He knows what it's like to have to eat Fast food all the time and become fat off of these delicious oo so daminging foods. To say the least he is talking from experience an although he may not agree that we can blame fast food restaurants for our choosing to eat there he does believe that we should at least be informed on what we are eating and how bad it is. Personally I don't think it matters I've gotten into many arguments with different people about this particular topic. Everyone talks about how bad Mcdonalds is or Burer King or whatever yet we still eat it. These company's are STILL making millions and millions of dollars. Even now we get the calorie information and all the nutrients yet we will still go there and order 4 Mcdoubles a six piece chicken nugget and a large diet coke cause we're "watching the waist line". 

1 comment:

  1. There's some good writing here, Patrick, but this wasn't an eligible reading :-/ Try to pick from one of the 3 that I suggested or any other reading in the book we HAVEN'T read before class today!