Jay Caspian Kang, in his article “Crowd Sourcing a Smear”, suggests that the differences between old and new media are both helpful and harmful in identifying possible crime suspects. Kang backs this suggestion by showcasing examples of social media theories after the Boston Marathon bombing. Kang’s purpose is to exemplify the contrast between media before the creation of social networking and after in order to explain why civilian-driven crime theories can actually be harmful, as in the case of Sunil Tripathi, who was wrongfully accused as the second bombing suspect. Kang develops a tone made to create a general feeling of sympathy towards the Tripathi family so the audience can better understand the dangers of viral social media theories, especially in the aftermath of tragedies.
Michael Pollan, in his article “Some of My Best Friends are Bacteria”, asserts that while medicine used to be obsessed with ridding the world of small, supposedly illness-causing bacteria, modern medicine is beginning to understand the need for these miniature bugs. Pollan backs this assertion by explaining the body’s need for microbial species to stay healthy. Michael Pollan’s purpose in writing this article is to raise awareness about medicine’s obsession with eradicating bacteria that may be necessary to sustain life in order to help his audience understand why ridding the world of these bacterias is harmful. Pollan creates a personal backstory to make the audience better understand and relate to his theories.
Michael Moss, in his article “Salt+Fat₂ /Satisfying Crunch x Pleasing Mouth Feel=A