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ENG 101: New Bedford Film Festival
For this essay you will propose a film that you believe should be screened at the “New Bedford Film Festival” (NBFF) at the Zeiterion Theater. This essay’s purpose is to persuade the programmers at the NBFF that your film choice is the best film for Festival. This essay will be using the mode of argument. This essay will be written using MLA notation. There should be 4-5 sources including the peer-reviewed scholarly article.
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Length: (5-7 pages typed, double-spaced, including separate cover page and Works Cited) Essay must have a title (not the thesis).You can't use a film that's already used in the student samples or one that your peers have chosen.
According to the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, persuasion can be defined as an active attempt by a person, group, or entity (such as a corporation), usually through some form of communication, to change a person’s mind. Although we use the term mind here, often what we are referring to are attitudes or opinions. Persuasion has been a central focus of the social psychology literature at least since the mid-twentieth century— perhaps because persuasive attempts are so common. Furthermore, if attitudes can be changed, behavior can be changed as well.
Every day we are exposed to hundreds of attempts to change our opinions. Consider how often you come across an advertisement—in a magazine or newspaper, on television, the radio, or a Web site. But marketers are not the only ones trying to influence us. Family members, religious leaders, politicians, and friends all try to convince us to do things, agree with them, or support their cause. Although persuasive attempts are pervasive, they are not always successful.