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What would be a good thesis statement for an argumentative essay in favor of social networks?

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An argumentative essay, in my experience, really necessitates that you know enough about your subject to be able to formulate a substantial opinion. A thesis statement, for any form of essay, is basically a concisely phrased argument or message that you intend to support throughout the essay. Therefore, a thesis statement for an argumentative essay on social networking really requires that you know why an argumentsupporting social networking is a topic at all.

An argumentative essay, in my experience, really necessitates that you know enough about your subject to be able to formulate a substantial opinion. A thesis statement, for any form of essay, is basically a concisely phrased argument or message that you intend to support throughout the essay. Therefore, a thesis statement for an argumentative essay on social networking really requires that you know why an argument supporting social networking is a topic at all.

Consider it this way; if you have to support social networking, that means someone is opposed to it. Who would oppose it, why would they oppose it, and what evidence would they use? Based on my personal knowledge (again, if this is a subject that is unfamiliar to you, you’ll need to do some research here) I would suspect that people opposed to social networks might include parents, therapists and psychologists, educators and white-collar business managers. Their main arguments would be that social networks are an uncontrolled, addictive, potentially destructive and distracting competitor for a person’s social time, lumped into the same category as video games or alcohol. As a teacher myself, I can tell you that many students (and adults) appear to be unable to self-monitor their use of social media, resulting in excessive time spent using it, as well as what, to me, appear to be extreme abuses or oversights of common sense, such as posting sexual or drug/alcohol related material.

As evidence, these opponents might point to the numerous incidents of students committing suicide following cases of “cyber bullying” via social networks, or of employers losing money due to employees wasting time online (see my source below).

A good thesis will address these arguments, give evidence or reasons they are inaccurate, and assert its own position as a superior solution. For example, you could go point-by-point, trying to find evidence which refutes these arguments, or you could make an argument which circumvents these concerns. Take the Arab Spring, which was in part fueled by social media; many people would agree that the benefits of a social network, in this case, outweigh our domestic concerns about lost productivity. A thesis for this argument could be “The use of social media as a political, diplomatic, or even military tool easily compensates for problems arising from its domestic (mis)applications.”

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Module 6: Academic Argument

Argumentative Thesis Statements

Learning Objective

  • Recognize an arguable thesis

Below are some of the key features of an argumentative thesis statement.

An argumentative thesis is . . .

Debatable

An argumentative thesis must make a claim about which reasonable people can disagree. Statements of fact or areas of general agreement cannot be argumentative theses because few people disagree about them.

Example

Junk food is bad for your health is not a debatable thesis. Most people would agree that junk food is bad for your health.

Because junk food is bad for your health, the size of sodas offered at fast-food restaurants should be regulated by the federal government is a debatable thesis.  Reasonable people could agree or disagree with the statement.

Assertive

An argumentative thesis takes a position, asserting the writer’s stance. Questions, vague statements, or quotations from others are not argumentative theses because they do not assert the writer’s viewpoint.

Example

Federal immigration law is a tough issue about which many people disagree is not an arguable thesis because it does not assert a position.

Federal immigration enforcement law needs to be overhauled because it puts undue constraints on state and local police is an argumentative thesis because it asserts a position that immigration enforcement law needs to be changed.

Reasonable

An argumentative thesis must make a claim that is logical and possible. Claims that are outrageous or impossible are not argumentative theses.

Example

City council members stink and should be thrown in jail is not an argumentative thesis. City council members’ ineffectiveness is not a reason to send them to jail.

City council members should be term limited to prevent one group or party from maintaining control indefinitely is an arguable thesis because term limits are possible, and shared political control is a reasonable goal.

Evidence Based

An argumentative thesis must be able to be supported by evidence. Claims that presuppose value systems, morals, or religious beliefs cannot be supported with evidence and therefore are not argumentative theses.

Example

Individuals convicted of murder will go to hell when they die is not an argumentative thesis because its support rests on religious beliefs or values rather than evidence.

Rehabilitation programs for individuals serving life sentences should be funded because these programs reduce violence within prisons is an argumentative thesis because evidence such as case studies and statistics can be used to support it.

Focused

An argumentative thesis must be focused and narrow. A focused, narrow claim is clearer, more able to be supported with evidence, and more persuasive than a broad, general claim.

Example

The federal government should overhaul the U.S. tax code is not an effective argumentative thesis because it is too general (What part of the government? Which tax codes? What sections of those tax codes?) and would require an overwhelming amount of evidence to be fully supported.

The U.S. House of Representative should vote to repeal the federal estate tax because the revenue generated by that tax is negligible is an effective argumentative thesis because it identifies a specific actor and action and can be fully supported with evidence about the amount of revenue the estate tax generates.

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