Tragic Irony: Teen Dies While Texting The Dangers Of Texting And Driving | English Current Event 6 |

1. "An Idaho teen driver is killed in a car accident. Phone records later reveal she was texting on Facebook about the dangers of texting while driving at the time of the crash."

2. "The federal government is moving to limit in-vehicle communications technology that turns cars and trucks into virtual rolling smart-phones" and "Ray LaHood announced a new set of proposed distracted driving guidelines for automakers that would limit the use of in-car tech solutions that are "not directly relevant to safely operating the vehicle, or cause undue distraction by engaging the driver's eyes or hands for more than a very limited duration while driving.""

3. The writer believes it is unsafe to text and drive because it is very dangerous; however, people will continue to do it if there are no hands-free alternatives.

4. Yes, the writer's opinion is obvious. The author says that "drivers are so attached to mobile devices that if automakers don't keep innovating ways to stay connected hands-free, people will inevitably be drawn to using their mobile devices in ways that, it can be argued, are more dangerous."

6. I learn that the columnist feels passionately about someone creating devices that are hands free. Drivers are "so attached to mobile devices" that there is no other alternative.

7. This story is written mostly to readers who would like to be informed on the progression of no texting and driving.

8. Yes, the author has persuaded me to agree with them. "The tragic irony of the situation" made me agree with the writer that it is bad to text and drive and automobile makers need to create hands-free alternatives somehow.


Part B

The writer uses major rhetorical strategies to accomplish his/her purpose. For example, the writer describes the accident as a "tragic irony" because the driver was texting her friends saying that she shouldn't be texting because that is dangerous. The fact that the author called this event ironic brings the reader a deeper understanding of the situation in literacy terms. Though it is not the least bit humorous, it still brings the article a since of "Oh that's kind of funny! Such irony." The writer truly shows off their writing abilities by calling the accident this and it makes the reading more smooth and easier to understand. I would call that a rhetorical strategy. Another rhetorical strategy was ending the article by saying, "people will inevitably be drawn to using their mobile devices in ways that, it can be argued, are more dangerous." This is the writer's opinion, but the use of strong words like 'inevitable' give the sentence more depth. I believe the reader could possibly take that sentence as a fact because of its' strong words.