Read the following introduction from the essay, “The Pubic Realm and the Common good” by James Howard Kunstler.
Evaluate the paragraph based on your reading about paragraphs in Chapter 9 in Writing Analytically. Specifically, explain why the paragraph that follows is (or is not) an effective introduction.
(Some things you might want to consider: Does the author state a problem? Is there an implied solution or thesis here? Does the author make you accept that what he is discussing matters? Has he avoided the typical problems with introductions or uses any of the “good ways” to start a paper?)
“The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, yet its inhabitants are strikingly unhappy. Unhappiness is manifest at every level of the national scene. From big city to the remotest rural trailer court, our civic life is tattered and frayed. Unspeakable crimes occur in the most ordinary places. Government can’t fulfill its most basic role in guaranteeing the public safety. Our schools, in many cases, barely function. The consensus of what constitutes decent behavior fractured with the social revolutions of the 1960s and has not been restored. Anything goes.
Community, as it once existed in the form of places worth caring about, supported by local economies, has been extirpated by an insidious corporate colonialism that doesn’t care about the places from which it extracts its profits or the people subject to its operations.”
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