Don’t Start Another War

The internet is a free place to express an opinion. Or it was supposed to be. Every day I see someone posting a negative comment and there’s always someone responding very furiously.  As a result, they make a chain of nasty replies that they leave for other curious people to see if they had the same opinion as them.

At first I thought a fight over different opinions would be a reasonable argument, but according to “Practical Argument”, by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, that it doesn’t make a good argument. It’s nothing more than a pointless fight because people people can’t think on the same thing. In the book, there is a green box that is titled “What Kinds of Statements Are Not Debatable?” Among the examples were preference and taste. “Expression of personal preference or taste are not suitable for argument.

The flame wars we see on the net don’t have anything that can be considered as an argument. They don’t have logos, if fact, they say the most ridiculous things, they don’t have ethos, half of the things they say are just nonsense, and the only emotion you get is hurt. Flame wars are mean and rude and we shouldn’t even be in one or be the one to instigate it. They don’t have a cause. If someone says something that you don’t like, don’t mind them. Except, I do sometimes read them and I feel ashamed that I had nothing better other than to read the fight between them.

There’s times when I feel sorry for one person and get mad at the other person. Sometimes if possible I would tell them it is an opinion and we all have different kinds of taste so we shouldn’t be having a huge debate. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it backfires. Worst things worse I try not to get myself any further. But lesson learn, don’t let yourself get into one and don’t listen to them.

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curiosity can’t be avoided

According to mark zuckerberg, Facebook was built with the purpose of enhancing communication with friends, family and people without difficulty, Facebook also encourages users to control personal information, and information shared to friends. It is common knowledge to know the effects of social networks such as Facebook; it’s understandable to be relaxed while on Facebook but we have to understand that what’s done cannot be undone, Facebook developers admit that “once an information is on a third-party server, Facebook can’t do anything about it” (pg.236, line 15.) therefore it’s our responsibility to be careful of what’s posted on Facebook. Privacy settings is not the only way privacy can be protected, Kim hart metions that “Facebook fanatics who have covered their profiles with silly games and quirky trivia may be unknowingly giving a host of strangers an intimate peek at their lives” (pg.235, line 1.) this statement is accurate because on CNN news (wed 24 2013) a CNN programmer shows the possibility of such games or apps having virus that can affect people’s privacy without them knowing so such games should be avioded. There is quote I heard someone say one, it goes this way “don’t say what you don’t want others to hear, don’t do what you don’t want others to see” the same applies to Facebook

thusly the question “Do employers using Facebook for background checks face legal risk?” (Carolyn Elefant, pg. 236.) Facebook fanatics should not be afflited by such quesstion if there privacy settings are enabled. Personally I affirm that employers who use Facebook for background checks should not face legal risk, We should understand that these employers are also humans who are victims of curiosity and being curious is not a crime it’s a disease unfortunately cannot be help but can be subdued, in order to subdue their curiosity “employers can’t resist peeking at social networking sites” pg. 337 paragraph 3.)such as Facebook there it’s the applicants job to protect his or her privacy. Some individual might say it should be a legal risk, it the roles between employer and applicant were to be switch the same thing would occur because people often given a false presentation of themselves. Being an employer come with great responsibilities, to the company or person he or she is working for or the applicant or soon to be employee. Therefore it is very reasonably to do a Facebook background checks either way background checks so it makes no difference.

More Than Two

If your Facebook news feed is anything like mine, it’s flooded with people attempting to present an argument about something. Sometimes the topics will be simple, and other times they will be complex. However, regardless of the complexity of the issue, people tend present these arguments as if there are only two sides. You should take these as examples of what you should not do.


According to the book, Practical Argument: A text and Anthology by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, “It is a mistake to think that all arguments have just two sides—one right side and one wrong side.” This mistake is something that I am sure we have all been guilty of at some point because it is very easy to make, and It tends to happen most when we get passionate about a certain topic. At first, it may seem easier to argue one way or the other if there are only two sides to an argument, but I find that it makes it difficult to present a strong argument. Because of this, it is important that we always thoroughly examine the topic when presenting an argument. This is not only the correct thing to to, but it will definitely make things easier when presenting an argument.


Understand and Apply

Many people including myself are never really sure what an argument is and according to Practical Argument: A text and Anthology by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell it is easier to know what it is by explaining what it is not. They said, “An argument (at least an academic argument) is not a quarrel…argument is also not a spin…or propoganda.” A quarrel is basically you attacking those who disagree or trying to beat them into submission (and when I say attack and beat I mean with your words). Spin is “the positive or biased slant that politicians routinely put on facts.” And propaganda is information or misinformation spread to support a particular viewpoint.

Comparing those three things and seeing how they are similar; you understand that when writing or presenting an argument you don’t only present your side and be done with it. But what exactly does knowing that an argument is not spin, a quarrel, or propaganda show us? Well all three of those things show a push for one’s own side which tells us that in an argument not only should you establish your own views on the subject (and present evidence) but also do the research and show all sides of the argument.

When arguing a side you don’t necessarily have to make the audience agree with you either. The reason you don’t is because an argument never actually proves anything all you’re really trying to do is get others to accept the validity of your position.

My knowing this information will be extremely helpful for me when it comes to writing an argument. You can’t disregard the other side or sides of the argument completely because if the reader is as informed as you are on the topic then they’ll either be confused or have no choice but to agree with you. I feel the purpose of an academic argument is to get others thinking about topics and informing them and then just doing your best to make them see you position on it.


It’s a no brainer… or is it?

‘It is a mistake to think that all arguments have just two sides — one right side and one wrong side. In fact most arguments that you encounter in college focus on issues that are quite complex.” This quote comes from the introduction of the book Practical Argument: A text and Anthology by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.

In complex arguments there is normally always more than a yes or no reply. There are more things to think about and more questions that you have to ask yourself before making up you mind on whether or not you agree with any given issue or idea.

These complex arguments come about more frequently in college because your professors are helping you think more outside of the box and analyze situations differently than you would normally.

Complex arguments are like puzzles. There are many pieces that you must first analyze and put together before you can see the complete image or in this case until you can come to a conclusion on whether or not you agree or disagree with a particular issue. In some other cases you could come up with a completely different solution than just your typical black and white yes or no answer.


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In summary any argument has multiple variables that must be evaluated before you can complete any puzzle.  Before jumping to the obvious answer one must carefully review all facts and circumstances and then based on this knowledge draw your own conclusion independent of the obvious.

Information Is Power

A Flashy Facebook Page, At a Cost to Privacy

Written by Kim Hart, This article shows that the applications, groups and pages that we use to give ourselves a flashy facebook page may be costing us our privacy. Hart gives statistical evidence that games and applications that are used on facebook ask for and have access to much more personal information then necessary. The example she uses is a Sudoku game application that asks for all your personal information before it lets you play. Whatever company that developed that particular app does not need to know how many children you have or your relationship status. The objective of this is to target you with ads suited to fit your needs in hopes that you as the user will buy something or spend money.

Most of the advertisements are harmless and the most damage they can do is fill up your email or blast ads every time you log on to facebook. But now your personal information is on a third party website. And the more it moves down through third party websites the less protected it becomes and the less professional the developer or business that owns the website gets.
Facebook is not the only company or business that does this.

One example I can think of that has just recently started practicing this is the video game industry. Instead of the traditional way video games work, which is a program that runs privately on your computer, now the program asks for your email and some personal information and then, while its running, connects to the internet, and connects with other people who have the same interests and runs ads based on the information you have given. Again, mostly harmless, but the information is out there. And if you then go to a site that an advertisement directed you to, you are communicating with a third party and your personal information becomes less secure.

I am a fan of facebook and enjoy social networking. I enjoy connecting with people and sharing thoughts and ideas with everyone around the world. But with the easy access to information through the internet in the modern age, one must use caution when sharing anything online.

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