Rhetorical Analysis Of Cyber Crime

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Rhetorical Analysis: How Do The Elements Work? What elements make a good document or webpage that could get people's attention? It is all about how effectively that piece of writing uses the rhetorical appeals - which are ethos, pathos, and logos. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) webpage about Cyber Crime to see how the rhetorical appeals work within different writings. The webpage comes from the FBI themselves and they wrote this webpage to tell about what is Cyber Crime and how it can affect many people. By looking closer at the webpage, it can be seen on how effective the FBI uses ethos, pathos, and logos. The first element that was observed in the Cyber Crime webpage article is ethos. Ethos is all about the author and how …show more content…
Pathos is all about the desired audience that the author chooses to write to. Having the author in the author's mind helps what type of information he/she should give and how they should write it. When reading through the webpage article it gives out a lot of information about cyber-attacks, so the audience that the author writes to is to people that want to know more about cyber-attacks and what does the FBI does about that problem. Then the author starts to go to specific people in the audience, like one sentence says, "Here are some tips for dealing with ransomware (primarily aimed at organizations and their employees…"("Cyber Crime", n.d., Ransomware, para. 10). This quote shows that right at that point of the article, he/she is looking at the people that work within a company. Then the author also looks at the other group of people too, which are just the general audience (e.g. adults, parents, teachers, etc.), because after the statement about how the companies should protect themselves the webpage article then states "Below are some key steps to protecting your computer…" ("Cyber Crime", n.d., Protections, para. 2). The words "your computer" can be for anyone who goes on this webpage, and that would be adults because they are the most common visitors that would come to this page. It is also known for parents too because it gives information on how to help the children …show more content…
Logos is all about the word choice and the way how they write, which is affected by the choice of the audience. The author starts out with telling what cyber-attacks are and what types are there, so the audience can understand what they are saying later in the article. The author writes in a friendly-serious tone because he/she wants to show how cyber-attacks are not good but not to influence the readers that the author is yelling at them. One sentence that the FBI gives is "…cyber crimes that are most dangerous to our national security and to our economy" ("Cyber Crime", n.d., para. 8). Throughout the article, the FBI author keeps that tone to show how serious he/she is, but yet in a friendly manner, the author wants to keep the audience safe. By reading this, the audience will know how serious the cyber-attacks are, and how they always need to protect their computer. Logos helps a lot on how the reader will take in the information. Ethos, pathos, and logos really do make the FBI webpage very effective on the readers. Because the author has the knowledge, knowing who he/she is talking to, and how to use their words, the readers can leave the webpage with a new aspect on how careful they should be with their computers before they could be victims of cyber-attacks. With anyone using ethos, pathos, and logos, they could have articles just effective as the FBI

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