The website that I chose to critique was deasucks.com. (Just as an FYI, I do not support this site, nor do I believe in anything they promote. I fully support the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice. I am only using it for the sake of this assignment.) This site is ridiculous, in my opinion, for many reasons outside the simple fact that it lacks a sound premise to advocate a particular position.
First, the site attacks the DEA more than it advocates their perspective on legalizing or decriminalizing medications that could be put towards “chronic pain patients.” On their homepage they provide several interesting statistics, yet they become overpowered by the ambiguity that they raise. For example, the site says that “doctors…have a lot of assets that can be seized. And the DEA is far more interested in seizing assets than they are in seizing illegal drugs.” That is an interesting point of view, but what does the site use as evidence to create such a stance? None. It sounds more like an angry 40 year old in his mother’s basement writing about the axe he has to grind with the DEA more than a page dedicated to advocating for decriminalization of drugs.
Also, the site is extremely disorganized. It is difficult to move from one page to another on the site. The color and text on the page is not appealing to the eye. All things measured, the page could use some updating. However, the site does have links to other meaningful sites for the sake of their organization. For example, they have a call to action link that offers clicks to each Representative and Senator in the 113th Congress. I’d say this is probably the strongest part of the site.
Interestingly enough, the website offers little evidence as to why they feel the DEA sucks. They describe how they feel the DEA frightens doctors with threats of ‘seizing their things’ if they prescribe certain pain drugs for patients, but nothing more significant than that. The page does not list any particular drugs that should be decriminalized, and if they do list them in one of their essays, the time it would take to find such facts would cause a viewer to click back and look for a different result.
In advocating drug decriminalization, the site sells memorabilia with the sites logo, reading “U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration SUCKS!” and then lists their web address. None of their products describe what they are advocating, not would a person be able to even guess that this group proposed prescription drug reform for patients in pain. Rather, one could only assume that this site just flat-out hates the DEA and the DoJ.
In brief, deasucks.com is possibly one of the biggest failures at a persuasive website or source of provocative argument on the entire World Wide Web– just take a look at their afraid-of-the-world slogan, “Don’t let DEA Scare Tactics Frighten You.”