What is the summary, purpose, affect on the reader, and affect on the world of the following article, and what other qualities does it have? The...

What is the summary, purpose, affect on the reader, and affect on the world of the following article, and what other qualities does it have?

The article is "Man guilty in stabbing death of 20-year-old":

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/article/835253--man-guilty-in-stabbing-death-of-20-year-old?bn=1

Other qualities in the article might be:

1) destortion

2) perception

3) fragmentation

4) bias

 

Expert Answers
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The point of this article is mainly to inform the reader about what has happened -- that this guy has been convicted of this crime.

As to how it affects you, only you can answer that.  It has little effect on me given that it happened far away from where I live to people I do not even know.  Furthermore, it is not really a "big deal" -- it's not something very unusual.

Since it is such a short article, I find very little that could be called distortion of perception.  I think you can, however, see fragmentation and bias.

To me, the main bias is seen where it says the jury deliberated for "just over five hours."  I think the writer is trying to make it seem like this was a short deliberation by using the word "just."  This makes it seem that the guy was quite obviously guilty.  In addition, it reports the words of the victim's mother.  This seems like an attempt to make us identify with her.

As far as fragmentation, it does not really tell us anything about the larger story around this crime.  It treats it as something that occurred in a vacuum.  We know nothing of the defendant's background or what his relationship with the victim was.  We see nothing about what evidence might have been presented for or against him.