Privacy Strikes Back Analysis

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Lindsey Bustos Ms. Paulson CO-150: College Composition 2/13/13 “Privacy Strikes Back” Summary: In Jeffery Rosen’s article, “Privacy Strikes Back” published on November 11, 2010 in The New Republic he talks about recent issues of one’s privacy invasion online and the legal troubles surrounding it. The author’s thesis is that when someone’s sexual surveillance privacy is invaded they should have the right to sue but without interfering with anyone’s freedom of speech. Rosen states in his article that, “…as evidence that personal surveillance technologies have spun so far out of control that nothing can reign them in.” Rosen provides many examples of cases that have happened recently that have ended scandalously and tragically.…show more content…
Your purpose was to inform the audience of the rights of people to sue when their privacy is interrupted due to sexual surveillance but without harming freedom of speech. Your audience can be anyone, more so people that read The New Republic articles and younger people (most social media, that use social networking sites or even friends and housemates that also use these sites). As well as people that are aware of how these social media sites work and why it is so easy for someone’s privacy to be invaded. You show this in the Clementi privacy case in which his roommate violated his privacy but exploiting him with another man and broadcasting to the…show more content…
You bring up examples of freedom of speech but it has nothing to do with social media. For example, the Westboro Baptist Church picketing at dead soldier’s funerals is an obvious example of trying to reject these people their freedom of speech, even though what they are doing is completely wrong. I also think that you think that your audience does not know that much about online privacy as a whole and who controls it. For example, you talk about who is in charge of the privacies and their job, “…search engines are protected by the Communications Decency Act, which immunizes Internet service providers from being held liable for content posted by third parties.” I believe that the point you are trying to get to your audience is to inform them of the privacy issues with these examples and how one day there is a possibility they can be affected from either

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