Rhetorical devices

Direct references

In his article “Selena Gomez on Instagram Fatigue, Good Mental Health, and Stepping Back From the Limelight”, Robert Haskell relies on direct references to give readers context about the person he interviews and her current circumstances and background.

For example, the article also refers to Gomez’s songs, probably as a way to get people interested in her story: “Gomez traces her shift toward the unfiltered back to a song she released in 2014 called ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’ " (ll. 22-23), “she released “It Ain’t Me,” a song cut last November, produced by the Norwegian DJ Kygo” (ll. 85-86). Films and series in which Gomez acted are also mentioned to give readers background information on her acting career: “The Big Short” (l. 28), “Barney & Friends” (l. 71), “Wizards of Waverly Place” (l. 74).

Pop artists like “Justin Bieber” (l. 25) and “her good friend Taylor Swift” (l. 68) are mentioned to connect Gomez with other celebrities....

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