Which one of the following most accurately describes the primary purpose of the passage?

cannedfun on May 12 at 05:04AM

A versus C

I was also between A and C but I couldn't comment on Ava's post. "At the same time, .old methods offer the possibility of recovering an .intimacy with photographic communication that (55) mass media have all but overwhelmed." As well, in the passage the author even makes reverences to the problems of using old methods, and then turns this around into how some artists make this into an advantage. To me this seemed like one of the strongest cases where they were advocating something without using should/will/ought or some other prescriptive word. Should I make it an almost essential rule that unless they use a prescriptive word, I rule out "making a case"?

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Emil-Kunkin on May 13 at 06:06PM

Hi, I'm not sure if the author ever really takes a position. While they are describing the way that certain artists were able to turn weaknesses into strengths, the author mostly stays descriptive. In the final paragraph, i think the author is describing the motivation of the artists rather than giving their own opinion.

While I don't think you would need to only stick to clearly prescriptive language, I think that the bar for the author making a case would be the author actually advocating for a specific thing or point of view. Here the author is recounting the views and art of others.