Crack In The Box By Hamill


Crack In The Box By Hamill Essay, Research Paper

To summarize the essay, Crack in the Box, you have to understand the writer and

what he is saying, or the point he is trying to make. In the article Crack in

the Box The writer Pete Hammil compares the difference between Television and

the common street drug known as Crack Cocaine. The essay starts with a story of

a young lady hooked on drugs and living in poverty with a couple of children.

The children are almost hypnotized by the television as Hamill is interviewing

her. As Pete Hammil is walking back to his office he is thinking about all the

drug problems in the world and how there affecting society today and comes to a

claim which is a claim of cause. Hamill?s claim is actually a whole paragraph

when he is thinking about the drug problem and the 60,s to the present and

concludes that there was one major difference between that time and this,

?Television?. The claim that is made in the essay Crack in the Box is

simple, which is a claim of cause along with sub claims of facts. The claims of

cause is stated by relating the 60?s to today when the drug movement started.

The facts with that claim are that in the 60?s the drug problem was small and

insignificant, now the drug problem is huge. Pete Hammil states a fact that The

united States represents only 2 percent of the world?s population, yet, it

consumes 65 percent of the world?s supply of hard drugs. Now Pete Hammil also

questions politics and the George Bush presidential campaign, How Bush offers

the traditional American excuse ?it is someone else?s fault?. Bush never

asks why so many Americans demand the drugs. There is nothing to back those

statements up in the paragraph. There is allot of comparison to back up the

claim such as The increased sales of televisions from the 1960?s to the

present. In the 60?s there were 31,700,000 television sets in the country,

which has doubled 6 times over to an amazing 184 million T.V. sets . Now the

comparison of Crack and Television comes more into play when Pete Hammil

suggests that people ?embraced it, were diverted by it, perhaps even loved it,

but they weren?t formed by it.? That is a good sub claim to link television

and Crack cocaine together because when people do crack they become addicts, or

want more and more, which seems to be the same thing television is doing.

Another claim of fact is that in the 60?s there were only 1,234 drug arrests

which climbed to a staggering 43,901 drug arrests in the 80?s. The amounts

confiscated by law enforcement has increased. In the 60s there were 97 ounces of

cocaine confiscated in one year . Now it?s increased to hundreds of pounds a

year. The support of the main claim of cause is that there are disturbing

similarities as stated in the essay by Pete Hammil. How Mr. Hammil states that

?Television itself is a consciousness altering instrument.? That says that

you can escape reality with the touch of a button, which, is something you can

do with Crack Cocaine. In the essay Pete Hammil states that he has interviewed

many people with drug problems and that none of them know why they do it they

just give him a look like ?it makes me happy.? The essay was very

informative I thought, but I fail to see where the writer effectively sets forth

ethos, pathos, and logos. There was not enough evidence to back the story up to

make it believable. It was more of an opinion paper that might convince people

that are looking for something to believe about the drug problem and why it

exists. Although there is a connection between the two. Television is an escape

from reality as are drugs. But I don?t think that they can be linked to each

other because they are 2 different world?s. The facts that are stated

throughout the essay are a good way to apply ethos, pathos, and logos, although

, they are not convincing enough to make a believer out of everyone who reads

the paper. Hamill?s claim is inferred in my opinion, it is in the middle of

the paragraph and it is Hamill thinking and he then comes to a conclusion that

seems to be the claim. Now ethos is applied when Hamill is telling the story in

the beginning about the woman on drugs. The story supports Ethos and makes it

emotionally appealing for the reader, so the reader will be interested right

away. The warrants are stated as facts throughout the essay, by stating facts

when analyzing TV and drugs. The end of the story also has a sub claim of

policy, by asking the question ?what can be done? referring to the drug

problem and TV addiction. The sub claim of policy is backed up by suggesting

ways to better people?s understanding on TV and it?s effect?s ,the drug

problem , and taking action on the issue?s that Hamill presents. The end of

the story has a sub claim of policy as stated earlier. Which is a stated claim

when Hamill states ?for years the defenders of television have argued that the

networks are only giving people what they want. That might be true. But so is

the Medellin Cartel.


Hamill, Pete ?Crack in the Box? in Perspectives in Argument. Nancy. V

.Wood. 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall , 1998. pg. 599-603

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