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Argumentative (Position) Essay

Drawing on the assigned readings
Bigger Brother: The Exponential Law of Privacy Loss by Nicholas Thompson
Its Not All Facebooks Fault by Farhad Manjoo
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How the Internet Is Transforming from a Tool of Liberation to One of Oppression by Astra
Taylor (
write an essay that presents your informed stance or opinionyour positionon the topic of
Social Networking Sites and Privacy.
As networking sites popularity increases, and so do concerns about the loss of privacy for
their users, who do you think is responsible for lack of user privacy on social networking
sites? Is it social networking companies, online users, law makers, or somebody else?
Qualify your position by collecting information from sources, considering opinions of others,
and relying on your personal experiences and observations.

1. Your introduction will present the issue and state the essays thesis. See that the thesis
includes a claim (an assertion, possibly with a word should) and the reasons (of value
or cause) that support the claim and are logically connected to it.
2. The body of your argument will:
(a) provide logical support for each reason stated in the thesis by using
appeals to authority
facts and figures
opinion statements
personal experience
(b) summarize the position of those who would oppose this argument and respond to
the opposition point of view by either refuting it or conceding to it.
3. In your conclusion, place the argument in a larger context, perhaps by summarizing your
main points and showing why this issue is an important one or by calling to action.

1. The essay needs to be written in the MLA format. The final draft should be a
minimum of 1,000 words in length.
2. You are required to use at least one article out of the assigned three. Overall, you
are not allowed to use more than three sources for the essay.
3. It is a requirement to submit the final draft of the essay to Turnitin and obtain a
Turnitin Report. The Turnitin report will be downloaded into your online Portfolio
as an HTML file.
4. When attaching the essay into your portfolio, include the final draft with a Turnitin
Report, the 2nd draft with tutoring comments, and the 1st draft with instructors