Advertising companies often attempt to push a product onto a customer. The Onion, a publication devoted to humor and satire, effectively mocks marketingcompanies through rhetorical strategies.
TheOnion begins with an alliteration, drawing the reader in quickly while also setting a sardonic tone. â€œStressed and sore-footed American everywhere are clamoring for the exciting new MagnaSoles shoeinserts.â€ The author also uses vivid imagery, â€œclamoring,â€ â€œexciting,â€ which adds to his ever present mocking tone. In line 4-5, the author states â€œusing no fewer than five forms ofpseudoscience.â€ This conveys alliteration, which marketing companies use. This also exposes marketing techniques and mocks them, resulting in humor.
The overuse of profound imagery found in the followingparagraph creates more humor. With phrases such as â€œharnesses the power of magnetism,â€ and â€œalign the biomagnetic field around your foot,â€ they author further mocks how a consumer is easilyfooled by trusting in big words, which often sound correct. This would normally connect to the reader as logos, however, the author plainly uses his diction in order to create an acrimonious feeling.Where amarketing company would attempt to reassure the reader that the product and creator serves as trustworthy, this author mocks it by such diction as â€œits patented...design,â€ and â€œfeaturesmore than 200 isometrically aligned Contour Points,â€ should give the reader a reassuring emotion, or it may portray logos. However, the authors tone reveals sarcasm.
Often prevalent is the techniqueof supporting your sources. However, this article uses diction in order to continually support the sarcastic tone. The quote â€œAccording to a scientific-sounding literature...â€ mocks how markets tryto sell products to consumers.
Continuing on, it self proclaims itself in a mocking way. â€œMagnaSoles employ a brand-new, cutting-edge form of pseudoscience known as Terranometry.â€ Through the...
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