- Thu Sep 21, 2023 5:33 pm
Generally, I'm on board that just because a passage says captivating an audience requires promotion doesn't mean it doesn't also require other things. However, this passage uses the word "only" with regard to how movies are successful. Movies are successful now ONLY because they captivate curiosity, which means they aren't successful for other reasons. They therefore cannot also be successful because they are of higher quality. They are successful because they pique curiosity but nothing more.
Remember that you aren't trying to figure out what is actually true about the world here. Information about new technological advances in movie-making is beyond the scope of this argument. You are only asked questions about the perspective and information in the passage. It doesn't matter if you disagree with the author's conclusion. You aren't being asked to agree, but instead to describe, understand, and engage with the argument as written. It sometimes helps me to think of these passages as not trying to teach anything in particular, but instead, as if they were a student paper on X, and my job is to grade the reasoning. If I think of the passage in that way, it's easier for me to focus on the exact argument given.
Hope that helps!