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These are my first attempt in analytical writing of issue and argument task. Your judgement will be much appreciated. I am a non-native English speaker. Thanks in advance. 

Issue Task 

"Scandals are useful because they focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could."
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position.

Scandal means humiliation of a person or group of persons in society. Using scandal to deal with a problem means negative approach for a positive result.

In order to make aware of the ignored problems, scandals are definitely useful. People are often tired of the same boring speech they hear about some problems and how the caretakers of the society will solve them. But in society some obstacles can not be addressed as easily as others. In those cases scandals remind us the full extent of those problems.

For example in a city with highly dense population like Dhaka, pointing out the poor transportation system will not have much effect on the general population normally. Even though public buses are not any closer to standardization -with broken window glasses, rusty body and drug addicted bus drivers with no driver liscense -they are the main form of everyday transportation for the city residents. So if someone were to say that these damaged buses should be grounded because they pose a threat to people's safety, nobody will take him/her seriously. But an unaexpected road accident where two college students died recently  made people think again about their regular means of transportation. So it was a big scandal for the Bangladesh Road and Transportation Authority. It showed us the unwillingliness of BRTA staffs about properly doing their job -maintaining road safety and forced them to take job seriously. 

Another rising problem for our society is abuse of technology. Technology is a blessing to the mankind. But some recent scandaleous phenomenons taught us that it could also be dangerous. Teenagers and childrens -when they are supposed to socialize in real life -are often found to spend enormous amount of their time in front of smartphones, in a virtual society lacking physical and proper mental contact. This affects their growth into fully developed human being with strong mentality. When scandals orienting techonology like, cyber bullying, pornography etc. come into light people relize the problems that are being ignored. 

Even though in many cases scandals points out the problems and make way for solutions ,in most cases they have the desired negative effect . Now-a-days it's said that negative publicity is the best publicity. People make the wrong persons as their idol. Some kid that badmouths on youtube, pranks that harms the people they are played on, underage girls capitalizing on sexuality instead of beauty -these are making wrong persons popular. So even though scandals can be useful in some cases, often the plays their natural harmful effect. 

Scandal is a useful tool that can be utilized properly for the good of humanity. But when utilizing scandal we have to make sure there are certain restrictions on place using scandals so that they can not produce new problems instead of clearing the old ones. 




Argument Task


The following is a recommendation from the Board of Directors of Monarch Books.

"We recommend that Monarch Books open a café in its store. Monarch, having been in business at the same location for more than twenty years, has a large customer base because it is known for its wide selection of books on all subjects. Clearly, opening the café would attract more customers. Space could be made for the café by discontinuing the children's book section, which will probably become less popular given that the most recent national census indicated a significant decline in the percentage of the population under age ten. Opening a café will allow Monarch to attract more customers and better compete with Regal Books, which recently opened its own café." 



Write a response in which you discuss what questions would need to be answered in order to decide whether the recommendation is likely to have the predicted result. Be sure to explain how the answers to these questions would help to evaluate the recommendation



The recommendation regarding opening a cafe in Monarch Books own store primarily depends on the fact that Regal Books recently opened its own cafe and succeded in attracting more customers. There are many answered questions that will prove that opening a cafe is not the single solution for Monarch Books.

The first question to be considered is whether opening a cafe was the real reason behind Regal Books success in attracting more customers. They could have made discount offers for new customers and old. Also they could offer a referral program where bringing in new customer will give the old ones better rates. The recommendation fails to answer if Regal Books widened their book categories or if they renovated their store environment to make it more customer friendly. These facts could not be clarified by the Board of Directors.

The recommendation also assumed that opening a cafe is the sure reason for attracting more customers. People comes to book store to buy books, not for having a coffee and snacks. While sipping in a one time coffee cup could be beneficial for the customers while hovering over their book choices but it is generally not necessary. 

Also the recommendation believes a census which predicts that teenagers will read less than before, so they want to discard of the children section. But clearly this will reduce a significant amount of their customers as the census could not show any statistical data that says that children will not read in the future. 

Finally the recommendation forgot to mention whether is it the location of the business that restricts the flow of new customers. May be the Regal Books have new roads built near it which gives it better access to people. Changing the position could be beneficial to have more customers, which the Boad of Directors need to consider. 

As it stands that the facts that shape the recommendation for opening a cafe because it made Regal Books success or children will read less is not sufficient for Monarch Books. 

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