We Shall Overshare

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“We Shall Overshare”, by Mary Katharine Ham Background: Ham graduated in 2002 with a BA in Journalism from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She currently writes for The Daily Caller and The Weekly Standard. Message: People have a tendency to overshare personal information online, using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, from which Ham considered causing gradual erosion of one's dignity. However, she also emphasized, with proper usage it proves to be beneficial. Purpose: The author wants people to be aware of the consequences of their action in using social networking sites. Audience: General population. Voice Tone: She is trying to be serious and credible but I find some of the words and examples humorous. Out of all the examples out there in oversharing, she used the South African man calling his boss a serial masturbator. Evidence: Most of her examples come from people she know or are her friends. I felt that she could have been more effective had she given more examples of her own experiences. Sources: She did not present any credible source. She only cited examples of her own experiences and her friends. Language: She uses common english language, that can be easily understood by the general population. There are some hardly used words, but she provided definitions. Bias: She gave an example of both positive and negative benefits we can get from social networking, I did not find any biases. Contradictions: I agree for most of the part of her article, except when she said, that the antidote for sharing online is more sharing online, that people will act reasonably when everyone they know is watching them. I beg to disagree, because if that is true, then how come there are still a lot of people oversharing online, despite knowing everyone is watching them. I
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