We Eat AP Essays for Breakfast

CAUTION: The following essay was written by a tired 16-year-old who is sick as hell, yet hyper because she drank caffeine. Read at your own risk.

I stayed true to the times on the blog post. I took 5 minutes to pre-write my essay (Grade A trash, as I like to call it), and spent 25 minutes writing the essay. I didn't stop the time when I needed to look up words or whatever. The only time I stopped the time was to change the songs that were playing on Spotify while I was writing :)

NOW TIME TO PROOFREAD DIS. I have more homework to do, and I don't want to spend a total of 20 minutes typing the essay and proofreading it. I'll set the timer for 10 minutes, I'll type hella fast, and I'll use whatever time I have left to proofread. Okay? Okay. (<- Did y'all catch that The Fault in Our Stars reference there? Hehehe ;) )

     In the essay "We Eat Social Media for Breakfast" by DP, many literary devices are used to get the main message across. The main argument that DP is trying to get across in the essay is that social media and technology have changed the way we tell stories, especially when we take pictures. Pictures used to be something that actually told stories because of how rare they are, but over time, they've lost their significance because of our increased presence on public platforms. His brilliant use of syntax, diction, and tone help develop this argument.
     While reading this essay, one thing the reader should notice is the casual and informal tone used to convey meaning and significance. DP's tone throughout the essay makes it seem like a conversation or even a long text message; this helps make the essay more relatable. The use of humor also helps establish this informal tone and it also helps keep the reader interested. The first few paragraphs of the essay include humor, and this sets the mood for the rest of the essay. Humor is a great thing to use while writing to keep readers interested. This helps make the main message of the essay stick.
     The diction used in this essay is interesting because it's a mix of high-level vocabulary and basic vocabulary. In a typical essay, this would get boring after a while, however the author's use of syntax prevents this. Much like Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, DP uses a mix of pretty long and short sentences. When he was describing certain things, such as how pictures have changed over time, he used longer sentences. An example of these long sentences is when he painted a picture of a family looking at pictures from a gathering, trying to remember what was going on at the time the picture was being taken. This contrasts the shorter sentences he uses to present main ideas; an example is the sentence "Our pictures tell the story of us." This creates emphasis; this sentence helps establish the main argument, and since it has its own paragraph, it draws the reader's attention to that sentence.
     Many rhetorical devices were used throughout the essay to further grab the audience's attention and develop the argument. Relating to the end of the previous paragraph, DP used a mixture of long and short paragraphs to emphasize main points and important details. This also shows the informal tone of the author because some of the shorter paragraphs are slightly humorous. The longer paragraphs tell stories, and provide background, much like you would if you were telling a story to a friend. This, like the tone, helps the message/argument of the essay stick because the reader can see that the author is a relatable person; the essay isn't extremely organized like you would expect. It's very much like a conversation. Like Emerson's "Self-Reliance", DP included a phrase in a foreign language, perhaps to pique the curiosity of the reader or to ensure that the reader will leave with or take away something valuable from the essay. DP including pictures also counts as a rhetorical strategy in this case. Including pictures helps show how informal the tone is. It helps the reader understand the essay a little more, especially towards the end when he brings up his daughter. Also, by including pictures of his daughter, the reader can literally see the author's purpose for taking the breakfast picture, and this adds more meaning to the whole essay.


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