Cultural Commentary Mission Statement

I want to write about a relatively unexplored issue in the health care field, targeting a semi- informed audience.  My intent is to be both informative and convincing.  I hope to juxtapose aspects of academic and narrative writing to create a more holistic view of why this issue is a problem. 

My initial goal was to write a completely narrative-based story with a less obvious point.  However, as I wrote my first draft, I realized how multifaceted and far-reaching my argument was.  One single story could not fully encompass the problem.  However, it could scratch the surface and get one thinking about deeper problems.  As I was writing my draft, I had these bouts of opinionated thought that I jotted down.  Eventually I realized that this may be an effective way of writing.  So instead of separating them from the narrative, I interspersed them throughout my story.  I wanted to employ multiple perspectives from the start, and the use of pure opinion was a good way to transition between them.  Overall, it is similar to certain newspaper articles, and I think that the reason that format is so common is because it is effective.  I just hope that I didn’t get too academic in my opinions or too dull/unrelatable in my narratives. 

As far as the topic was concerned, I was a bit worried at first.  There are many things I feel strongly about, but not enough to turn into a 1000 word cultural commentary paper.  However, my friend showed me this article (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11013-011-9208-0/fulltext.html) and I knew instantly this was something powerful.  I had always felt this, but never really been able to articulate it.  However, after reading this article, my passions just spilled out onto paper (or computer, whatever).  My first draft was about 200 words too long, and I cut out a lot of the analysis in the current draft to make it more reader friendly.  The point is: read this paper if you are at all interested in health care and the underserved.

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