The Rhetorical Analysis of “Youthful Indiscretions: Should Colleges Protect Social Network Users from Themselves and Others?”

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The article “Youthful Indiscretions: Should Colleges Protect Social Network Users from Themselves and Others?” is written by Dana L. Fleming and appears in the winter 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Higher Education. Fleming’s objective with this article is to show college students the dangers of social networking sites, and at the same time she is advising parents on the social networking world. In this article she is giving us a look into the damage that social networks can do to students in their job, school, and life. She talks about the millions of members that are already using these sites and that they still growing. The members use these sites to make friends, find old friends, and to talk to friends. “The only requirement a user will need is an email address and a willingness to share his or her “profile” with other users.”(qtd in Fleming 441) Fleming warns students of the dangers in using your personal pages; she tells the readers how it can be used against the student when applying for jobs, scholarships, and can be used against them in the court of law. She explains how one intern lost her opportunity for the job, after the college checked out her Facebook page, they read that her interest included “smoking blunts, shooting people, and obsessive sex.” (441) While giving all the reasons effecting college students, the author explains how social networking can affect younger children, also. She gives tells how one young girl was beaten and raped by three men who appeared to be her friends on Myspace. Same type scenario happened in Texas, where a young girl lied about her age, and then met up with an older guy only to be sexually assaulted. MySpace is one of the top websites and is very successfu... ... middle of paper ... ... telling the parents that they should know what their child is doing on the internet at all times. I agree with this, but also know that with five children in the house you don’t always know what the child is doing on the internet, nor can you just sit over top of them all the time. As a parent I will not allow my children to join these sites. We have seen in this small town how a predator will find a picture of a child, and by reading their jersey find out what town they are from and stalk the child. This danger has come so close to home that we don’t allow the children to get on the social networking sites. Works Cited: Ramage, John D., Bean, John C., Johnson, June. ed. “Youthful Indiscretions: Should Colleges Protect Social Network Users from Themselves and Others?” Writing Arguments A Rhetoric with Readings. New York: Longman, 2010. Print.440

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