Identifying Rhetorical Devices
One rhetorical device found in “Editorial for the special issue on cyberbullying” (2010) was weaseling. They used words like some, many, and most to make their claim seem valid but without taking responsibility if someone who belongs in the other category. These items can be categorized as not being reliable. They do not provide the results of all people and can be misleading by not providing all of the facts. Also they are providing more information that does not make the statement stronger. For example “Editorial for the special issue on cyberbullying” (2010) states “the sexual revolution marked the lives of every person in the First World and many outside it.” The phrase “many outside it” does not impact the statement any further because it does not concern those who do not fall under this category. Another rhetorical device found in this article is the use of stereotypes. In this particular instance, children are mthe subject of stereotyping. According to “Editorial for the special issue on cyberbullying” (2010) “while most of their communications remain childishly-banal, their capacity for careless and intentional cruelty has been exponentially increased.” The stereotype here is that children are unintelligent and cruel to one another. By using the phrase ”most of their communications remain childishly-banal”, children and the way they communicate are all generalized as simple and unintelligent. Though, the word “most” protects the validity of the statement that is being made. The phrase “their capacity for careless and intentional cruelty has been exponentially increased” plays on the fear of adults that there is frequent cruelty and bullying occurring with children where they cannot witness or prevent it. This statement also creates a new fear of technology, since it is increasing children’s ability to be cruel to one another.
Editorial for the special issue on cyberbullying. (2010, October). Journal of...
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