How The Increase in Seattle’s Minimum Wage Is Detrimental

Alex Hostetler


I permitted the influence of outside sources to allow a perception of the topic in different manner. The motive of the sources that I assimilated provided for an altered interpretation of the same message I was striving to convey, therefore backing up my research and argument. I also frequently engage in the rhetorical situation throughout the essay. When writing, I persistently reminded myself of who I am and who the audience is, and I weaved the essay through that filter. Additionally, I strived to maximize the overall aim of the essay and direct it towards the audience in a persuasive manner that still permits their clear and focused comprehension of the objectives I was trying to convey. I oftentimes appealed to the audience’s logos in order to express my viewpoint. Considering that my topic, Seattle’s increase in minimum wage, would be hard to appeal to emotionally and ethically, I decided to appeal to it logistically. I explained how the logic behind the increase is highly corrupted and flawed. Overall, I found the logos appeal to be most advantageous and beneficial for this argument because it was most relevant—out of the three—to the material conveyed. Some ideas that I found intriguing in my portfolio were the notions that Seattle’s increase in minimum wage appears good on paper, yet the further you investigate, the more you find about how it actually is detrimental to the economy and has significantly harmful impacts on small local businesses and job creation. Additionally, I found it captivating to learn the pros and cons about how people sometimes deem their efforts to put themselves through a university as a waste, because they get paid less their first year out of college than some of Seattle’s fast food workers. Additionally, one of the major difficulties that I encountered with these writing projects was not finding a lot of information pertinent to the topic. I found a lot of information relevant to the increase in wages in general, but not a lot of information focused on specific repercussions resulting from increase—such as the closing of the wealth barrier. I did find ways to overcome it though; mainly by continually searching and expounding upon sources until I found ones that would work fluidly with my other materials. I believe that the lack of information about the topic proves that it needs more attention brought to it, and therefore made my writing more effective. One way I feel as though I have also made it more operative is through being more direct. For example, at the end of a paragraph I wrote “The increase in minimum wage thus restricts the profit, therefore limiting the improvements that executives could make within the corporation to better it, in efforts of increasing profits for the following year. This cycle leads to the negative outcome of harming small businesses and the economy.” I feel as though this writing, along with other writing, has been effective because it is direct and states the message I am trying to convey. This work pleases me greatly because I have successfully identified a problem, researched it, and brought the situation to light. Hopefully others will recognize my efforts and a change will be made to work in the favor of everyone effected in Seattle.


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