What kind of claim are you making?
In Unit 2 you identified the types of claims that writers were making in their arguments and used that information to find the common ground they shared and the matters upon which they disagreed. Now, explore the type of claim that you want to make—your position on this issue.
1. The debate we followed in Unit 2 included several issues over which people continue to disagree. Choose one of the areas that you found particularly interesting, and write out the issue in the form of a question. Example: In a debate over higher education, several people have voiced positions about whether certain groups have greater access to higher education than others, so an issue question might be: Are particular groups of people excluded from obtaining higher education? Are people who spend an extended amount time on social media more susceptible to traits of narcissism?
2. Ask the following questions about your issue question, completing a short-answer response for each.
In what way do the arguments on this issue involve matters of fact? (Did it happen? Does it exist?)
The arguments involve matter of fact when in Douglas Quenquara's article he refers to the data used in Dr. Twenge's study to prove her theory. But her theory's existence is questioned as her study is based on a personality test of happiness with one's self and not narcissism.
In what way do the arguments on this issue involve matters of definition? (What is it? How is it defined?)
The argument is defined as," a culture of self-esteem, in which parents praise every child as “special,” and feelings of self-worth are considered a prerequisite to success, rather than a result of it."
In what way do the arguments on this issue involve matters of cause? (What caused it? What are the effects?)
The cause of this debate was propelled by Dr. Twenge's love of cultural criticism through her position as a psychologist. The effect of this argument is ultimately the perception of intense social media users as narcissist.
In what way do the arguments on this issue involve matters of value? (Is it bad or good? How do