In the article “Too many government secrets” (2012), the Editorial Board argues that the federal government is hiding too many secrets from Americans. The Editorial Board supports their argument with numerous studies, statistics, and several emotional appeals. The Board’s purpose to this article is to prove to Americans that the government is hiding uncounted secrets, and the issue is exceeding beyond our knowledge. The Editorial Board is speaking to all Americans. Throughout the article the writers appeals to logos multiple times.
The Editorial board appeals to the audience in a logical way when they state, “There are enough 25-year-old records in storage to produce a backlog of 400 million pages” (“Too many government secrets”). This is significant because Editorial Board is trying to prove to Americans that records that are 25 years old are supposed to be reviewed and declassified; which the Government hasn’t done because there are hidden secrets that Americans aren’t supposed to know about within those records.
Also, the Editorial Board appeals to readers in a logical way when they state, “The Federal Government keeps petabytes (that’s a million gigabytes each) of information secret every year…” (“Too many government secrets”). This statement confirms that the government hides an extensive amount of secret information, which results in readers understanding exactly how much information is being hidden. Overall, these facts are effective because it gives readers an idea of the amount of ambiguous information that is being kept by the government.
The Editorial Board appeals to pathos numerous times in this article. The writers’ appeal to the audience’s emotions when they claim, “Americans have a right to know what the government is doing on their behalf or in their name.. ” (“Too many government secrets”). This claim is effective because the Editorial Board is convincing Americans that they need to realize how the government hides important information from them and they have the right to know what it is.
The Editorial Board also appeals to readers emotions when they claim, “At the very least, government employees should not be scared of retribution” (“Too many government secrets”). This is significant because the Editorial Board believes that government employees should let Americans know hidden information without being afraid of retribution, or being punished for releasing sensitive material. These appeals are effective because it gives readers an understanding of what is really happening in the government in another’s point of view.
This article appeals to ethos occasionally throughout the text. The Editorial Board demonstrates credibility when they state, “Americans have the right to know what the government is doing on their behalf or in their name, except in exceptional circumstances” (“Too many government secrets”). This appeals to ethos because it is speaking to Americans as a whole and they believe that we should have the right to know what the truth is in the government. Also this is effective because this statement includes all Americans, and stating what the Editorial Board believes is right.
Throughout the editorial the Editorial Board utilizes effective syntax and diction. There effective diction when they state, “Unfortunately, the board reports, those doing the classifying have little interest in shaking things up” (“Too many government secrets”). This is significant because when the Editorial Board chooses to provide the words “unfortunately” and “shaking” it gives readers a sense of how the Board feels about the government hiding information from Americans. The article provides effective syntax when the Editorial Board states, “How big is the problem” (“Too many government secrets”).
This simple sentence accommodates that the writers are serious and they want Americans to know that this is not a small issue were dealing with. These examples of diction and syntax are significant to this article because it indulges readers with a serious tone, which results Americans into thinking that there is tons of information being hidden from us. The tone of this piece is determined because the Editorial Board is trying to accomplish for Americans to understand that information is being hidden, and we have the right to know what is going on in our country.
Also, the tone of this editorial is to prove the seriousness of the issue and how Americans need to take a stand. Taken as a whole, the Editorial Board’s argument is effective; they appeal to the audience logically, emotionally, and utilize significant syntax and diction, which enhances the editorial overall.
Works Cited Board, Editorial. “Too Many Government Secrets. ” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2012. Web. 03 Jan. 2013.