Brainstorming Persuasive Ideas

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Work In Progress | 3 comments

Like most of my classmates, I have no idea what I’m going to write about for my persuasive essay or for my advocacy project. But I’ve been brainstorming some ideas and even though nothing’s concrete, here’s what I’ve come up with.

1.) I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of our generation and how many of us are not exactly politically minded or even interested in things such as current events. I would love to write a persuasive essay that would focus on students just like me getting more involved in the world they live in. I don’t know exactly how I would go about this but I’ve been pondering that topic for a little bit since the online deliberation project which made me want to participate in issues such as that


2.) My specific audience would be college students who honestly do not know or care about what’s going on in the news. I would also to take this further in the advocacy project and maybe conduct interviews and get to the root of the reason for this disinterest in the news and the world


3.) I would hope that anyone who reads my essay thinks long and hard about the state of our generation. I think it’s really sad that a lot of people didn’t know that we were getting a new pope or care enough to watch even 5 minutes of the news everyday.


4.) I would like to think that my research will come from interviewing my peers and also statistics about youth and their society. Also, there was an article I read on something called the “empathy gap” which I think will be really relevant to this topic


1.) Yes, because this issue is so relevant to not only the youth of today but the adults as well it is very urgent. It’s not life threatening or anything but it is still a pressing issue.

2.) I would need to do some more research on this issue to answer this question. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any groups who would be against this issue. 

I think that I will be using this topic for my advocacy project if everything goes right. 


  1. I think this is a really creative idea! I am definitely one of those people who are completely oblivious when it comes to politics. I do enjoy reading current events, but I rarely find the time to. Like Lindsay said, interviewing other college students on how involved they are in current events could be a great start. For an advocacy project, you might even be able to somehow incorporate Facebook into it. So many high school and college-aged students spend their free time (or not so free time) on Facebook, so what better place to convince them to learn more about their world? I’m really excited to see where you go with this! Good luck 🙂

  2. I enjoy this topic because I believe I am one of those people. I don’t go out of my way to learn about things that do not concern me. Your research may come from interviewing your friends and classmates and finding out what they think. Also, you could use resources that list the demographic for different news resources. Are they geared towards college-aged students? I believe your topic is specific enough that you can narrow it down to exactly what you want to explore. Try to get your audience to consider the benefits of becoming more involved in current events.

  3. This is a very good idea for a topic because I honestly wish I spent more time watching the news and keeping up with current events. I totally agree that its so sad that people of are generation are so much less informed and care so much less about current global events…its like we are working backwards towards globalization. I think your audience could be even more specific–especially for people like me who realize that we don’t spend nearly enough time paying attention to the important events going on in the world around us. I’m sure you could find some contemporary statistics and even (like you said) interview some students here and even potentially create your own graph or chart or something (you would need a large sample size though). Convince me to watch the news more I’m excited haha.

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