The author of this article, Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, is a contributing editor of several magazines like Dissent, Al Jazeera America and The New Inquiry. In this article, he analyzes the issue of homelessness in the modern world. One of the main points of the article is that the conflict between homeless people and higher social classes is constantly rising (especially with the technological community). As an example, he writes about San Francisco, as there are about 6500 homeless people. Another point is that the technology community can learn a lot of interesting from homeless people as well as homeless people can learn a lot from the technological community.
The author supports this point with experiments which were aimed at helping the homeless. In addition, he says that now it is quite popular to pay money to feel homeless for several days. This entertainment is called a “homeless tour.” At the end of the article, the author makes a claim that the problem is in the redistribution of resources. There are enough food and houses all over the USA; however, people can’t effectively distribute these goods among the whole population.
|1-4||The author shows an example of conflict between the homeless and other social classes, represented by the attitude of Greg Gopman and Peter Sheh, San Francisco entrepreneurs.||Uses pathos to underline that such an attitude is wrong. States that the homeless are “easy targets” and use the word “disgust” instead of “criticism” or a less emotional analogue.|
|5||The author analyses the significance of the problem.||Uses logos by providing statistics of rent price.|
|6-7||Tells about an interesting solution which was aimed at helping homeless people.||It tells about different views of people on the idea of using homeless people as internet hotspots. It doesn’t use any specific method. The author just tells a story without personal judgments.|
|8-11||Tells another story which was aimed at helping homeless people. However, there were some difficulties caused by the social status of that person.||The author tells about the position of another person who helped a homeless person to become more adapted to current social conditions. The idea of that person was that technologies could help homeless people “haul themselves out of poverty.”|
|12||Tells about an interesting solution which was aimed at helping homeless people.||It tells about different views of people on the idea of using homeless people as internet hotspots. It doesn’t use any specific method. The author just tells a story without personal judgments.|
|13-18||States that the technological community can learn many things from the homeless.||Enlists opinions of different people and examples of cooperation between the homeless and other people. Underlines some facts when reaching people wanted to get some “homeless” experience.|
|19-23||Provides more detailed analyses of the problem and looks at similarities between homeless people and the tech community.||The author states their own opinion about homeless people by saying that homeless people are “unable to thrive under twenty-first-century capitalism.” In addition, he enlists some facts which show that people from upper social classes are quite interested in primitive things and are not as civilized as they seem to be.|
|24-28||The author provides further analyses of the problem of homeless people and the problem of redistribution of resources.||The author provides statistics, facts and arguments which support his idea that it is not so difficult to solve the problem of homeless people.|
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, (2014, Spring). Let Them Eat Code. Dissent, 69-72.