Assignment #2 – Analyzing an Argument
Are Online Services Responsible for an Increase in Bullying and Harassment?
Penny A. Leisring’s argument not only provides in-depth information on the many ways stalkers use online services to stalk and bully others, she also gives the most common reasons why these stalkers do what they do. Penny Lesring is a professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University. She argues that there is a significant relationship between bullying and stalking and that the use of the internet has given stalkers avenues to become more efficient in how they can stalk. Amanda Lenhart, who writes the opposing argument, provides the reader with numerous statistical information on teen bullying, even providing too much information on surveys of students and parents. Her opposing argument was full of survey results that lend toward the “YES” argument than it did to the “NO” argument. Amanda Lenhart is a senior research analyst for Pew Internet and I feel that she failed to convince the reader in her opposing view.
In “Stalking Made Easy: How Information and Communication Technologies Are Influencing the Way People Monitor and Harass One Another”, Penny Leisring begins her argument with a story of a woman by the name of Randi Barber who was being stalked by a man from her church, Gary Dellapenta. Gary started out posting things about her on the Internet. After Randi rejected Gary’s romantic overtures, he posed as Randi in Internet Chat rooms and announced that she had fantasies about men raping her. In just this section of the story, Penny lists two ways that people can harass others by just the click of a button, posting untruths about the victim using social media sites and chat rooms. These are instant and real time online communication systems that are used by millions of people on a daily basis. Before the internet, stalkers had no way of getting the...