Rhetorical Analysis of “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” and “Is Google’s Data Grinder Dangerous?”
The Internet is slowly creeping into every aspect of its users’ lives .
about the Internet and how it is taking over the lives of the human race .
John Perry Barlow and
Andrew Keen, two essayists, describe how Cyberspace and the Internet’s interactions with users have transformed in recent years
They trace the Internet’s growth and describe how it will be able to predict what Internet users want to do the next day and what they should do for a living .
Through various rhetorical devices and with varying success, each argues that such changes should raise suspicion of the Internet’s intentions .
The development of the Internet has greatly changed the way we lead our lives and will continue to do so as the Internet expands
As such, it is of great importance that people understand the Internet’s nature and functions Barlow and Keen address the varied myths and facts pertaining to the Internet and our Cyberspace lives .
Essayist Andrew Keen, an author concerned about current Internet culture, informs readers in his essay “Is Google’s Data Grinder Dangerous?” that iGoogle has received enough information about each user that it can predict individual users’ actions .
Keen’s purpose is to
convey that iGoogle knows a user better than the user knows himself .
This stance is in line with
the chief executive at Google, Eric Schmidt, who hopes that Google will know more than the
human race within five years
In order to appeal to the emotions of his readers, Keen adopts a serious tone and employs pathos
Keen creates a social context for his readers so that they may sense a connection with his ideas and with iGoogle
He does this with the weight of statistical evidence .
users people just like and including us use Google daily .
Keen’s audience is a broad range of
people from the highly educated to minimally education .
Therefore, throughout the entire essay
he uses different writing techniques to keep every reader involved .
Keen also appeals
to the emotions of his readers
He does this by explaining the startling fact that Google stores every query a user searches
Google, Keen posits, will be able to predict users’ actions and even the career to which the user is best suited
Through the weight of evidence, serious tone, and frightening predictions, Keen successfully convinces readers that Google and the Internet are becoming increasingly powerful
John Perry Barlow, a former board of director of the Whole Earth Lectronic Link and a cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocates keeping government regulations out of the Internet, writes a compelling essay to the Governments of the Industrial World, the “giants of flesh and steel
” Barlow’s essay neatly states that the Internet is an independent, self generating, and adapting system and is, therefore, best left to its own evolution .
Barlow’s “The Declaration Of the Independence of Cyberspace” is an argument for stronger democracy, greater liberty, and more freedom
Unfortunately, it fails to convince because of its rhetorical shortfalls
It does not provide enough concrete evidence as to why government should not have interaction with the people on the Internet .
Cyberspace never was, and never
can be, independent from the governing institutions, economic structures, and cultural and social worlds that began it
Cyberspace has always been dependent on the government for its very existence
Barlow’s use of pathos appeals to the readers’ emotions in his essay .
He intertwines ...
Cited: New York:
New York: Pearson/Longman, 2015
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