Less Privacy is Good for Us (and You) – 12e Arguing logically

Data-warrant-claim reasoning


-“each year at least half a million criminals become fugitives, avoiding trial, incarceration, or serving their full sentences, often committing additional crimes while on the lam.” (Etzioni)

-“People who fraudulently file for multiple income tax refunds using fake identities and multiple Social Security numbers cost the nation between $1 billion and $5 billion per year.” (Etzioni)


-“Professional and amateur criminals, employing fraudulent identification documentation to make phony credit card purchases, cost credit card companies and retail businesses an indeterminate number of billions of dollars each year.” (Etzioni)

-People hired to work in child care centers, kindergartens, and ~o schools cannot be effectively screened to keep out child abusers and sex offenders, largely because when background checks are conducted, convicted criminals escape detection by using false identification and aliases.” (Etzioni)

Claim: Biometric is Good

Rogerian Argument:

1. “civil libertarians and some gay activists vehemently oppose such disclosure on the grounds that when infants are tested for HIV, in effect one finds out if the mother is a carrier, and thus her privacy is violated… To save the lives of their children, they must be tested at delivery and treated even if this entails a violation of mothers’ privacy.” (Etzioni)

2.”It’s true that as biometrics catches on, it will practically strip Americans of anonymity, an important part of privacy.” (Etzioni)

Deductive and Inductive reasoning:

Children born to HIV carriers can ward off disease under two conditions; no breast-feeding, immediately treated with AZT.

-Mother must be informed that they have HIV

Less Privacy is Good for Us (and You) by Amitai Etzioni and The Price of Public Safety by Stevon Roberts

Less Privacy is Good for Us (and  You)

– Gives example of how people invades privacy and argued against it.

-Argues for less privacy is good by giving examples on how it can benefit us such as in HIV testing in infants.  Also used a credible source.

-Gave a brief description of negative effects of biometrics on privacy, but then addressed the positive part extensively with evidence.

-Used the fourth amendment to argue a point.


The author could use more data and other evidence to support his claims.  He could also focus more on the issue itself instead of the media.  He could use more rhetorical appeal such as pathos to persuade the reader to agree with him

The Price of Public Safety

-Used a major event (9/11) to support his claim.

-Used quotes from Less Privacy is Good for Us (and  You) to support his thoughts when he analyzed the articles.

-He looked for specific rhetorical features and claims that some rhetorical features are not strong enough to satisfy the reader.

-The structure is formatted to follow the order of the article he is critiquing.


Project 1 Thesis and Rough Outline

Project 1 Outline

I.                 Introduction

a.      Background information about the two articles.

                                                    i.     Groundwater depletion

                                                  ii.     How it will affect us

b.     Thesis – Although the academic and popular science articles are written on ground water depletion around the world, the authors used different rhetoric strategies to connect with the audience.

II.               Body 1 – Rhetorical Situation

a.      Purpose

                                                    i.     To address the problem of depleting ground water in the U.S.

                                                  ii.     To measure the level of ground water depletion around the world and address its consequence.

b.     Setting

                                                    i.     Present in the U.S.

                                                  ii.     Present in the world, especially in areas most affiliated with ground water depletion.

c.      Audience

                                                    i.     General population around

                                                  ii.     Research scientists focus on water depletion, environmental scientists, hydrologists

III.             Body 2 – Rhetorical Conventions and visual rhetoric

a.      Structure

                                                    i.     Keyhole

                                                  ii.     Sub articles

1.     Easy to find particular information

b.     Visual Rhetoric

                                                    i.     Graphs

                                                  ii.     Maps

IV.            Rhetorical Appeal

a.      Pathos

                                                    i.     Connects to the audience through using vocabulary that the general population can understand

                                                  ii.     Show the audience the magnitude of the issue through jargons and other scientific related terms

b.     Ethos

                                                    i.     Opinions and some data form a credible expertise and articles

                                                  ii.     Consists of mostly evidence based facts through other researches

c.      Logos

                                                    i.     Uses logic to show the consequences of depleting groundwater resources

                                                  ii.     Uses logic, assumption, ad evidence to deduce a conclusion

V.              Conclusion

a.      Reiterate the purpose of this paper(thesis)

b.      Conclude the difference between the two articles and its effect on the audience.