English 135 – A14
Assignment #3: Rhetorical Analysis
December 1, 2012
Jeopardy in American Privacy
Journalist, Jeffery Rosen, publishes “Protect Our Right to Anonymity,” to the The New York Times in September 2011 which reviews the recent evolution of technology and the controversies in regards to jeopardizing America’s public privacy. Throughout the article Jeffery Rosen proposes that, individually and collectively, Americans must protect themselves by pressuring the Supreme Court to honor the Constitutions’ Fourth Amendment by rebutting the expansion of public surveillance. He effectively uses examples of pathos, ethos and logos throughout the article to create emotion, distinguish credibility and convince the audience by statistics to support his thesis. Rosen’s thesis states that by legally allowing public surveillance in the United States, citizen’s rights are breached according to the Constitution of Rights and they must resist change without relying on the Supreme Court to represent the nations perspective. Public safety is becoming more of a concern, especially with high volumes of youth frequently accessing the Internet. Before Rosen introduces his argument to the audience he opens with an anecdote addressing and acknowledging positive outcomes resulting from public surveillance. By addressing opposing arguments Rosen avoids any critical feedback from readers before he advances his claim. In Washington DC police officials use unwarranted trackers on a suspected drug car and proved helpful in convicting criminals less violently and more easily. Opening with the example of illegal tracking of alleged drug traffickers, the author sets up his argument and easily identifies the problem with the audience. Tracking without a warrant currently breaches the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution that states, “no unreasonable searches and seizures of our persons houses, papers, and effects” (Rosen 1). Throughout the...