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Marcia Clemmitt: Rhetorical Analysis

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Rhetorical Context
1. The author of the article is Marcia Clemmitt. She is a Social-policy reporter. Previously the editor-in-chief of Medicine and Health and a staff writer for The Scientist. She taught high school math and physics, has a liberal arts and science degree from St. John’s College, Annapolis and a Master’s degree in English from Georgetown University. Some of her recent reports include “Digital Education” and “Computer Hacking.”
2. The author is writing to all internet users, who would be affected by any changes that could be made.
3. This article was published in CQ Researcher, an imprint of SAGE Publications, Inc. and as far as I can tell the article is not a reprint. CQ Researcher is published weekly and provides in-depth …show more content…
The article appears in Volume 22, Number 14, which was published on April 13th, 2012. In 2012 internet regulation was a global controversial topic. As the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) were causing waves in the US, many countries were also aiming to give the UN wide-range regulatory powers over the internet.
5. The article was written to give an in-depth analysis on internet regulation, whether it’s possible, who’s for it, who’s against it etc. Its creation was prompted by the growing controversy over the possibility of internet regulation and its purpose was to inform its readers of the controversy and all that it entails.

Credibility and Bias
6. I believe the article to be credible source. It contains a lengthy bibliography, which suggests diligent research was done. The article was distributed by a widely known publisher and the author herself has written other articles regarding technology.
7. There does not appear to be any bias in this article. The author addresses both sides of the argument without ever weighing in with her personal opinion.

Rhetorical Appeals and Evidence
8. The author demonstrated Logos by using facts and evidence to back up her statements throughout the article, as well as, Ethos by establishing herself as a credible

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