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Faceless Bullies Thrive In Cyberspace

Dvir Abramovich, the writer of Faceless bullies thrive in cyberspace was published in the
Herald Sun on the 20th of April 2007 as an opinionative piece. The main issue of the article is
with the uprising use of cyber space and its possible impact to consumers. In an alarming and
urgent tone the writer establishes that the new era of cyber space are breeding grounds for
anonymous cyber bullies.
Abramovich uses repetition to emphasise the possibility of getting harassed, intimidated
and humiliated by other users any hour, any day. This evokes a sense of fear and shock in
the reader in which they could potentially get harassed at any time of the day or night.
Repetition is also used in the story of a 13 year old boy from Rhode Island in which the
writer addresses that he was called gay and he was threatened and taunted. This places an
emphasis on the conflicts faced by the boy and what it ultimately resulted into. The writer
demonstrates the violent nature of the internet and evokes a sense of fear and insecurity in
the readers minds. The use of negative connotations also further horrifies the reader and
manipulates the readers into thinking that the internet is a place full of cyber bullies thus
making the reader support the writers contention.
Ample amounts of evidence is provided in the article through the form of anecdotal evidence
and statistical evidence. The writer shares a bitter story of a 13 year old boy from Rhode
Island committing suicide from being cyber bullied. The use of anecdotal evidence here is to
expose the reader to the damaging impacts of cyber bullying, readers are also positioned to be
shocked and sympathetic towards the victim and will not want anyone to experience the
trauma and agony that the 13 year old boy endured. The writer uses statistical evidence such
as the alarming study in 2006 where it was found that 42% of Australia female youth were
harassed and dissed online or via SMS. The use of Australian surveys in this instance is to
notify us that the cyber bullying issue is not only happening in other countries but is also
something that our nation is experiencing. The reader will feel more inclined to take the issue
seriously and take the advice given by the writer to ensure that they can tackle the issue in
Australia since the studies carried out are from a credible source. These evidences supports
and strengthens the writers contention therefore influencing the reader to agree with the
writers argument.
Furthermore, Abramovich argues in a demanding tone that parents play a key role to ensure
their childrens safety on the internet. The writer appeals to family values as he expresses that
cyber bullying has the capacity to change lives forever. This makes the readers who are
parents or future parents feel fearful and worried about their children thus positioning the
reader to follow through with whatever advice the writer has to offer to ensure that their
children are safe from cyber bullying. As the previous target audience was only Australians,
with the inclusion of parents the target audience will now cater to a larger group of people
thus allowing not only Australians but also parents from anywhere across the world to feel
included in the article.