Russel Brand on Riots

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As an actor, writer, and comedian, Russel Brand has a background that makes it easy for him to comment on various things in a very characteristic, and in some occasion’s humorous way. This is the case, when he comments on the riot conflicts in England, though with a serious twist to it. Throughout the text, Brand has a tendency to use a strong degree of irony and sarcasm to make his statements very clear: “Saying the behavior (of the people attending riots) is unjustifiable and unacceptable- Wow! Thanks guys! What a wonderful use of the planets oxygen resources. ” As the quote proves, Brand also uses these clear statements to show what his view on these riots is. As the style of the commentary goes, irony and sarcasm are not the only two supplements Brand uses. Another addition is his use of swear words and slang that makes the text, and Brands view, more clear: “no wonder they have their fucking hoods up” and “dopey ol’ Boris.” Brand has maybe also chosen to use this kind of language to make it easier for the lower social classes to understand, since his commentary is mainly directed towards them. Although, the receivers of this text is the general population of the UK as well. In addition, to make the commentary more personal, Brand uses personal pronouns like “I” and “we” to make it seem like he is talking personally to his receivers. Due to this personal aspect of the commentary, Brand wants the readers of the commentary to think about what could be done about the problem. He is, in other words trying to help the problem by making the riot problem an active subject through this personal aspect. Furthermore, it could be argued that Brand also has a slight use of the rhetorical strategies in his commentary. The fact that he has lived nearby the areas where the riots are taking place, makes him a semi reliable source to the people reading his commentary. In…...

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