Planning an Argument

Argument Type One

During World War II, press photographers were censored and not allowed to show the full horror of dismembered bodies and other such battle results. During the Korean and Vietnam conflicts such censorship was not in place. After investigating the issue, argue for the policy you favor. (Taken from Writing in the Disciplines. Third Edition. Orlando: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1995: 32)

What type of argument is this?

Correct! Although the assignment asks for an "investigation" of the issue which might suggest persuading the reader to take action or find opinion valid, it clearly sets up a context in which only two sides of the debate are possible: to censor or not to censor. Further, it suggests an audience that is aware of the two sides since they are summarized in the assignment.

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