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Running head: SOCIAL ARGUMENT RESPONSE:1-800-273-8255 BY LOGICSOCIAL ARGUMENT RESPONSE:1-800-273-8255 BY LOGICName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor Note
1SOCIAL ARGUMENT RESPONSE:1-800-273-8255 BY LOGICSuicide has been a rising social problem in the modern days. There has been a rise inthe number of suicidal deaths all over the world. The song by Logic named “1-800-273-8255” which addresses the issue of suicides. The following essay attempts to draw a responseover the social argument that is presented by the song by the rapper. The essay puts forward aclaim on the social argument put forward by the song. The essay further moves on to analyzethe argument of the model that is put forward by the song on the basis of the model ofargumentation put forward by Toulmin.“1-800-273-8255” is a musical composition by an American rapper,Sir RobertBryson Hall II, who isknown by the name of Logic. This song was released on the 28thofApril, 2017. This is the third single track which is a part of the albumEverybody. The song isnamed after the phone number that is used as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline of theUnited States. The music video that accompanies the song was launched on the Vevo channelof Logic on YouTube.The song portrays a person who is under a lot of pain and has a desire to end his life.The person is on the verge of committing suicide when an inner voice calls out to him(Guidedmag.com, 2017). This inner voice asks the person to hold on to his patience. Themusic video provides with a better understanding of the song. The music video of the songcenters around the protagonist who is a young African-American is seen struggling with hissocial acceptance due to his sexuality(Youtube.com, 2017). He had once tried to do so butthe reactions of his close ones once they came to know of the fact provided him with a hardblow which leads the teenager to the decision of committing suicide but his inner voice stopshim from doing so(Doby, 2017).The social argument that is placed through this piece of musical composition is thefact that suicide is a global menace that has not been addressed in a proper manner. The
2SOCIAL ARGUMENT RESPONSE:1-800-273-8255 BY LOGICproblem of suicide has not yet been addressed and acted upon. The sufferers and the oneswho have been attempting suicide need proper guidance so as to stop them from taking theirown lives(Washingtonpost.com, 2017). They need to be counselled on the problems that theyare facing. They need to be shown that life is more than what they can perceive at the presentmoment of depression and that the cycle of life goes on to change from times of sadness tothat of happiness. The sufferers should be urged to keep holding on to their lives and try tosail through the bad times that they have been currently facing(Heraset al, 2013).The Toulmin model of argumentation is an informal reasoning method that deals withanalyzing or constructing a persuasive argument. This model is named after the creator of thismodel, Stephen Toulmin, a British rhetorician(Van Eemerenet al, 2014). The methodobjectively weighs the argument and involves the breaking down of an argument into sixparts that supports as well as opposes the argument. The six major factors of this reasoningmethod includes the mention of a fact, the warranties needed to establish the fact, the backingprovided for the fact, the conclusion derived from the fact and the rebuttal that is provided inorder to convince the audience of the correctness of the fact(Oh, 2014).In case of this particular song “1-800-273-8255” by the American rapper Logic, thefact that is put forward is the tendency of the teenagers of the modern generation to end theirlives over the smallest of issues. The song also addresses the fact that no effective measureshave been taken in order to prevent the occurrences of such events in the near future. Thewarrant, a presumption on the part of the author or composer, in this case is the fact that theperson who is supposed to commit suicide is suffering from depression(Usatoday.com,2017).The warrant further claims that while the maximum suicide attempts are made by theteenagers, there are reports of people from older age groups even who commit suicide unableto cope up with the pressures of life and other factors resulting from stress.