Why Privacy Matters Even If You Have Nothing To Hide Analysis

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Nowadays, “privacy” is becoming a popular conversation topic. Many people believe that if they do not do anything wrong in the face of technology and security, then they have nothing to hide. Professor Daniel J. Solove of George Washington University Law School, an internationally known expert in privacy law, wrote the article Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education in May of 2011. Solove explains what privacy is and the value of privacy, and he insists that the ‘nothing to hide’ argument is wrong in this article. In the article, “Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’”, Daniel J. Solove uses ethos, pathos, and logos effectively by using strong sources, using emotional …show more content…

For example, ate the beginning of the article, Solove uses third person to show his authority before he states his argument. He admits that the argument is strong, and he also wants to show that the “nothing to hide argument” “stems from certain faulty assumptions about privacy and its value” (Solove) Third person helps him to establish a sense of authority because using third person means that it is not his own opinion; it is objective. In addition, Solove shows his responsibility of his argument through the use of active voice. For example, “regardless of whether we call something a ‘privacy’ problem, it still remains a problem, and problems shouldn’t be ignored.” (Solove) This statement tells readers that privacy is a severe problem. In addition, using active voice helps Solove to strengthen his credibility and shows his authority to readers. In addition, the transition of personal pronoun does not only help Solove to establish his ethos, but also help him to strengthen his pathos. When Solove uses “we” in the article, he wants to define his position. He wants to show that he and readers are

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