Following A Journalist: Sandy Banks (Analysis Of Style)

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Following a Journalist: Sandy Banks, L.A. Times Journalist
Sandy Bank's writing encompasses many social issues, bringing to light the subtle
involvement of racism and sexism in a simple yet effective style. While remaining
conversational throughout her articles, she uses her simple style to advocate ideas by layering her
topics as well as using many different techniques to appeal to her readers' empathy.
In writing about local events, she focuses on social issues affecting today's generation of
women. Written in series, her columns often voice the same underlying opinions and themes,
subtly persuading her readers by giving them an opportunity to view her argument from various
perspectives. This also allows her to engage her readers while avoiding pushing an argument too
far. This technique is especially visible in the series of articles she wrote following the
controversy about the shooting at Isla Vista, California. After drawing fire by bluntly pointing
out how sexism affects societal attitudes and plays a role in and the handling of major events, she
used her readers themselves to show how everyone is subconsciously affected by societal
attitudes and sexism. In her second article (Article 2, Shooting at Isla Vista), she mentioned that
in the letters she received from her readers, "women...took pains to be polite [while]...men
didn't," countering her readers' argument that sexism doesn't affect societal attitudes or
everyday life while further supporting her stance in her first article. This acknowledges the
readers, alerting them that they are part of a discussion with her and inviting them to reinterpret
and reconsider her stance. Writing in series also earns the readers' trust by displaying the fact
that she is knowledgeable enough on her subjects and arguments to be able to continually offer
up new perspectives in support of her stance.

Along with her clever structuring of topics, she also bolsters her claims by appealing to
her readers' sympathies in a variety of ways. In Article 3 (campuses Must Distinguish Between
Assault and Youthful Bad Judgement), she rallies many of her readers to question the status quo
by bringing in the potential message the situation can "send [to] our daughters." By mentioning
the children of her readers as well as her own, she both qualifies her distress and plays at the
possible concerns that the parents among her readers...

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