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Government articles are essays or columns written about the constitution, progress, policies or performance of a government. Such articles may present diverse material from political writings to essays written by government officials and from articles evaluating the performance of a government to news articles. However, the term “government articles” mostly means government news articles and the columns written for or against the government in power. In a political and cultural context, such articles play a vital role.
With the ever-growing power and strength of media, it is easy to disseminate, use and share information. In particular, internet and social networking media has added pace and new dimensions to the world of communication. E-books and articles are available online on the internet. This has made material more accessible than it was ever before. Not just reading is facilitated by the latest media, but it also helps in sharing information and exchanging views. A thought originated in a remote town may now travel all over the country and even globe in a fraction of a second. This instant information sharing aids in motivating and managing masses. In all this information bombardment and knowledge floods, government articles, especially anti-government writings have played a crucial role.
Whether it is the French revolution of 1789 or the latest Egyptian revolution, anti-government articles and columns have caused uncountable problems for governments, thus acting as the first and vital step towards political change. From Voltaire to Rousseau and from Mandela to Khomeni, the foremost writers and national leaders have instigated remarkable movements against governments through their columns and journals. The use of pen as a political weapon has widely been used in history and this role is now passed on to electronic and social media, from where have emerged the early voices against despotic regimes.
Government articles frequently appear in daily newspapers and magazines albeit a great collection of the published articles can be accessed through the internet. Though not so severe every time like those of Voltaire, these write-ups help in conveying to the government public demands and what steps people need their government take. However, many of the writings can be pro-government as well to praise government for its performance and policies.
As far as criticism is concerned, it should be objective and meaningful. For all such articles which criticize governments, there needs to be a tinge of objectivity in them rather than personal enmity. Relevant stats should be provided if available. Since government articles are persuasive articles mostly, the nuts and bolts of persuasive writing should be possessed. A good persuasive article consists of three basic components:
• Ethos – Here the writer appeals to readers’ credibility. Provided facts and figures should be correct and any contradiction within the body of the essay should be removed. This is to be authentic and credible
• Logos – Any quoted from published work should be referred in favor of the argument you are making. There could be plenty of literary stuff already available for your intellectual support.
• Pathos – Here the writer appeals to the readers’ emotions. An effective pathetic appeal may put the audience in a suitable mood as required by the author.
Political articles demand persuasive writing skills and once you acquire them, they are helpful in persuading the readership and making them believe that your viewpoint is valid.