persuasivewritingpromptsIf you have been tasked with writing a persuasive essay or article, you may have been given the freedom to choose your own topic. On one hand, this is great because you have the opportunity to work with subject matter that you find interesting. You can come away from it really feeling like you have a clear picture and resolve on something you care about.

On the other hand, you need to figure out what topics have potential to carry multiple pages of interesting material and leave room for you to develop a considered perspective. Moreover, they need to be specific enough for you to cover them in the confines of your text and still have plenty of coverage for you to use as source material.

The prompts provided here use current issues that involve lots of media coverage and launch plenty of debate for you to consider. You can start with one of these ideas and brainstorm to narrow your scope. If you would also like some support in writing the text, you might want to try a course on constructing quality essays and paragraphs to really get an edge.

Mobile Technology

International Data Corporation has been tracking trends in consumer technology spending. By their estimates, mobile technology is on track to command 83% of market share for all personal computing devices.

Do you think mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) will dominate the consumer technology market? If so, what impact will this have on business and culture? If not, why not? What will keep this from happening, and what will personal computing look like?

You will find many perspectives on this issue online. It is an area that captures the interest of many, and it should lead to plenty of considerations for you to address.

Internet Privacy

Online privacy has been a hot topic, particularly since whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked intelligence concerning the National Security Agency (NSA) and its internet surveillance efforts.

Now, John McAfee, creator of the McAfee antivirus software, claims to have invented a device that will block the NSA from accessing your personal data online. This, in turn, has brought attention to the privacy sacrifices we make in order to enjoy features of the modern internet.

What is your view on these events? Do we need innovations to protect our privacy online? Has the internet gone too far in making private data accessible to outside organizations? Or should the public accept this dynamic on the internet?

If you would like an idea of the privacy concerns online and what measures are necessary to remain anonymous, try a course on protecting your online privacy.

Healthcare reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), legislation commonly called Obamacare, has has been stirring up controversy even before it was signed in to law in 2010. Some of the most hotly debated aspects of the law have been the requirement for all individuals to carry health insurance and for employers with more than 50 full time employees to offer health insurance benefits programs. Since both of these have been scheduled for launch in 2014, controversy has intensified in recent months.

Now, at the beginning of October, the federal government has entered in to a shutdown due to unresolved budget allocations. A large part of the driving force for this shutdown is disagreement on the issue of funding Obamacare.

Who is responsible for the problems facing government due to disagreement over this bill? Are House Republicans going too far in their opposition? Do major revisions need to take place before it can move forward? Should it exist in the first place? Explain your perspective on this issue.

Even if you are starting with no current knowledge of the PPACA and its timeline, you can get an introduction and overview in a course covering current changes in the U.S. healthcare industry.

Mass shootings

The United States has seen a rise in horrific mass shooting incidents. Everyone agrees that they must be stopped, but how this can be done remains a point of debate spanning many issues.

One issue that comes up in response to every incident is gun control. Proponents point to the fact that, in many of the incidents, shooters carried out the violence using legally purchased weapons. They claim that strengthening barriers to obtaining weapons will reduce the likelihood of incidents and keep people safer.

Opponents argue that tightening controls will infringe on constitutional rights. Some also claim that gun control will put responsible individuals at a disadvantage where they are less able to defend themselves from those who illegally purchase arms. Overall, they maintain that shooters will purchase weapons one way or another and the solution lies elsewhere.

Of course, there is more to the debate than the issue of weapons access. Many worry that media handling of these events offers celebrity status to perpetrators, as they become figures of widespread intrigue.  Others point to the overwhelming trend of mental health issues among shooters, claiming that something must be done to offer better options to combat mental illness.

Where do you stand on any or all of these issues? Is gun control a part of the solution? What other causes exist, and how can we combat this terrible problem? This is a topic with a broad scope, and many components of constitutional law come up within it. You may benefit from a free course giving an overview of the US constitution and how it is designed.


If you take on one of the issues listed here, you should have little trouble narrowing your focus to something that is sufficiently complex but specific enough for your paper. Make sure you get a good understanding from multiple sources, and if you really need some exploration on any one of these, try one of the listed courses. Good luck!

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