Agency, Exigency & Audience

This issue of the immortaility of personal online information mainly arise from the interaction of online users frequently due to three main rhetorical perspectives:

Rhetorical Agency:

Online users are recently able to communicate easily with each others due to the availability of the various technological innovations and advancements. I consider the Blackberry mobile phone one of those recent innovations because through it, people are able to interact easily with each others on Facebook, Twitter or even by instant messaging. Nevertheless, I will be discussing later the serious concerns about this device especially that it was accused of keeping the users' information forever and even keeping records of them to the extent that Saudi Arabia was thinking of totally eliminating the instant messaging application on such device for the sake of national security and protection.


Rhetorical Exigency

Of course, no online user can deny the urgency of communicating certain ideas online especially if this urgency is backed up by conformity to a specific community or group and peer pressure as well. During the Egyptian revolution for example, people communicated through Twitter because there was a perceived urgency in this. There is a book called "Tweets from Tahrir" by Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle who were following the updates written by the people in Tahrir Square on Twitter during that time and decided to compile them all in one book.

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There is an enormous number of users who are communicating with each others on a daily basis. That is one reason why there are some probable audiences to what we are posting online and maybe that is what motivates us to post and comment on things even more.