Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell In a society would there always be people who feel left out and not included. The riots are a big topic since 2011, especially in the UK. But is there a way to justify the rioters? Or are we responsible for our own fortune? Maybe they only feel that they are missing out on something because the society doesn’t give them space. In the commentary ”Big Brother isn’t watching you” Russell Brand reflects and commenting on the 2011 UK riots, he tries to understand why it came so far.
Russell Brand is a famous British comedian and actor, who lives in Los Angeles but he still has a strong connection to his native, therefore he fell the need to commenting on the situation. “I feel proud to be English, proud to be a Londoner (…)” (p.8 l.35). Russell Brand tries to convince that he still has the right to comment even though he lives in the United States. The commentary is written in a very tough, direct and honest way where he does not put limitations on his opinion, which gives a different perspective on the situation. The language is complex. On one hand he use informal style with a lot of irony and slang. He uses a lot irony to describe the riots “Wow! Thanks guys! What a wonderful use of planet’s fast-depleting oxygen resources” (p.8 l. 52-52). On the other hand, he use formal style with long beautiful sentences and difficult words for example “rationalization, simultaneously etc. When he combines both formal and informal in the commentary it becomes neutral style. The commentary is published in The Guardian, which is a respected newspaper where they use formal style, so he needs to use formal style. The people how read The Guardian are probably the people whom Russell Brands wants to reach his message out to. His tone is casual but at the same time angry, which makes it interesting and readers will be caught by it.
The style of the commentary is very personal, as he perspectives to elements from his own life. He uses pathos in terms of he tries to feel with the rioters, he tries to understand them and what they go through. At the same time, he creates direct contact with readers by asking rhetorical questions ”She was the Portuguese transsexual. Remember? No?” (p.7, ll.8-10). This helps the readers to feel closer to Russell Brand, at the same time they easily convinced by his arguments. He tries to get his message across by means of irony and humor. That makes it all entertaining whilst it is a serious subject.
In the commentary, he mostly shows his sympathy with the rioters. He believes that the government is not paying attention to their voters and mostly the young poor voters. He means that the government should focus more on why the rioters are doing what they do and how they can solve the problem and not focusing on they burned houses down. He extradites a strong criticism of the British society – he feels that he can understand the rioters and why they do what they are now doing, and he desires that other people should see it too. He compares his own youth with the rioters. He is aware that they are not as privileged as he was, and therefore he understands their way of expressing themselves. He sees the whole situation from a realistic angle, whereas the government is very idealistic. He thinks that the politicians must take their share of the blame. At the same time he feel that the rioters behavior is not okay and acceptable “However “unacceptable” and “unjustifiable” it might be, it has happened so we better accept it and, whilst we can’t justify it, we should kick around a few neurons and work out why so many people feel utterly disconnected from the cities they live in.” (p. 9 l. 55-57). So on one hand he feels compassion for the rioters and he understand their frustrations. On the other hand he doesn’t find the rioters act and behavior okay.
The Title “Big Brother isn’t watching you” is meant that the Big brother is the government, who are not watching the rioters. Instead of not watching, the government should realize that there is a problem that must be solved. But is the government responsible for everything? Or is they people themselves responsible? Everyone deserves a chance to create a great life, and it may be unfair that some people have a better situation than other, even without working for it. On the other hand we could say that they are responsible for their own life and that the only way forward is through tough work. But in many ways, the government needs to build a society where everyone can be included. Rus-sell Brand wants the people to notice that there is a problem, which should be solved together.
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