Supersaturation or The Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling

Supersaturation or The Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling

 

Comprehension 1. The writer Todd Gitlin uses three different terms in the title of his essay “Supersaturation, or, The Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling. ” By using these three embossing terms in the title of his article, the writer brilliantly fascinates his readers. The Dictionary meaning of the term supersaturation is to increase the concentration on something beyond its saturation point.
In his essay, the writer implies the concept of supersaturation to show his readers how the media’s increased concentration has affected our society in different ways. The writer also reflects the idea of supersaturation in today’s world by saying, “the flow of images and sounds through the household of the rich world, and the richer parts of the poor world seem unremarkable today (Gitlin 547). ” The writer addresses the concept of disposable feeling in many different ways in the essay.
The writer tells us about the difference between our current life and life back in the seventeenth century. The writer mainly highlights the concept of disposable feeling about the media torrent by saying, “We may ignore them most of the time, take issue with them or shrug them off, but we must do the work of dispelling them-and even then, we know we can usher them into our presence whenever we like(Gitlin 547). ”

 

Rhetoric

 

In this essay, the writer Todd Gitlin argues comparing two different eras of our society. The writer compares the seventeenth century to this modern era to show his readers the domination of media torrents in our community. Gitlin’s claim is clearly stated in the first paragraph of the essay. The writer expresses his claim clearly by saying, “these pictures were pleasing, but more: They were proofs of taste and prosperity, amusement and news at once (Gitlin 547). ” We can say that the writer relies on his own opinions throughout the essay because while reading the article, the writer makes some terrific points about the concept of supersaturation.
The writer appeals to logic, ethics, and emotions are made at many different instances throughout the essay. A remarkable appeal Gitlin makes to sense, ethics, and feelings with the help of his claim is that the things that were once slow-changing means of entrainment have now become a significant necessity in our lives. Hence we can say that the writer sustains his ideas throughout the essay.
Reading through the essay, I can say that the writer uses anecdotal evidence in his article. To build a strong argument, the writer has used variant evidence. At the beginning of the essay, the writer gives solid proof to bolster his argument by comparing the media torrent in current society to the seventeenth century.
The writer says that “in seventeenth-century delft, painters did not knock on the door day and night offering fresh images for sale (Gitlin 547),” which we do not often see in today’s world. The writer also gives another excellent example by saying, “according to measurements of A. C.
Nielsen and company the standard used by advertisers and the television business itself. The average individual watched television about four hours a day, not counting when the set was on, but the individual in question was not watching (Gitlin 547). ” With the help of the following examples, we can say that the writer mainly uses anecdotal evidence in the essay.
In the conclusion of the essay “Supersaturation, or, The Media Torrent and Disposable Feeling,” Todd Gitlin has used a straightforward style of determination to explain to his readers that media torrent has stunned the contemporary world.

Gitlin talks about how media was in the seventeenth century and how different it is now in the twentieth century. The writer explains how media has affected our day-to-day life by stating in his essay that “more money we have to spend, the more personal space each household member gets. With more personal space comes solitude, but solitude is instantly crowded with images and soundtracks (Gitlin 547). ” According to me, the writer has used his conclusion in a very straightforward manner.