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Dani Al Sheikh Aleais


English 113B
Professor Lawson
May 12, 2017
Word count: 617
Rhetorical Analysis: Guess Who Else is Reading Those Facebook Entries?

In the article, Guess Who Else is Reading Those Facebook Entries? by

Eddie R. Cole JR., the author states that employers are tracking college

students profiles on Facebook to help determine their capability for

employment. Cole interviewed many students, administrators, and business

people to get their opinion about the way those students being tracked. A co-

founder of Facebook says that students could change their privacy statues to

avoid their profiles from being tracked. Yet, students exponents are still

concerned about the potential danger for students Because of this act. Cole

states, At northern Kentucky University, students were charged with having

a keg in a dorm after university officials saw a picture of the keg online. Cole

concluded in his essay that privacy issues are a major concern for students

who use Facebook, so students should be thoughtful and think twice before

they post on social media because it could affect their life.

The author Eddie R. Cole does not provide any statistics to back up his

claim. He interviewed and quoted several people about their opinion on the

issue. He does not incorporate any statics or research evidence, but he uses

the rhetorical appeal ethos when he shared the experience of those stories

about the college students who had faced a lot because of social media. Not
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having enough evidence to back up an argument, makes the audience a little

less convinced and here people could not relate to Cole because he does not

show enough evidence to back up his argument even though his point of

view could be true.

Now a days people from all over the world use social media for

example, Facebook to communicate with their families, friends, and of course

their close ones. It is incredible how this social network has connected

millions of people since it was created, and how many college students are

involved in it making it habit to surf their news constantly. Social media in

general changed the way people interact and communicate with each other,

for instance, social media made it as easy to communicate with someone

from a different country using video camera or sending direct messages.

However, like everything else, technology has its disadvantages; anybody

can find you on the web, even your employer just by searching your name.

That is why all college students should be aware of the decisions they might

come up to later when they get their resumes reviewed. When people go on

their Facebook, they forget about the world around them, thinking that only

their friends are the only ones who can view their statues, pictures, or

whatever that is that they post. Most people think whatever they post online

does not matter to anybody, but other people like employers think otherwise;

employers are viewing a certain employee Facebook account contrasting it

with another candidate and based on their social media they make those

decisions sometimes. Employers are looking at the applicant outside


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character to measure how they live their social life and habits can affect their

work performance. However, in reality employers should not be judging

prospect employees based on their social life because it is just a

discrimination to the employee. Everybody has a social life whether they

have Facebook or not, but what if someone does not have a Facebook

account or does not have a social media account in general, how do

employees get to know that person that does not use Facebook? Use

Facebook to make hiring decisions is unfair; it is the same as discriminating

people based on their social life. I personally after reading this article, I

started realizing the effects of social media, and how aware I have to be

when it comes to posting online because I can be easily tracked by my job or

even the government if they are looking for a certain information. I believe

anyone will think twice about posting on social media after reading this

article by Eddie R. Cole.

Citation Page

Cole, Eddie. "Guess Who Else Is Reading Those Facebook Entries". N.p., 2006.

Print. March 8, 2017.