What is the text type: Expository Report
What do you think is the purpose of the article: The purpose of the article is to discuss about online ranting and wether is should be allowed
Why did the writer write this: To express his/her views on ranting
What evidence does the writer use to support his point? Does he quote sources: He uses real life examples and interviewed experts, quoting them.
What are the writer's assumptions on the issue: The writer assumes that people who go online now are no longer able to be anonymous
What are the writer's assumptions of his readers: He assumes that his readers all use social media
Point of View: Whose point of view is presented: The author's point of view
Which interest group does the writer represent: He represents the Straits Times
Main Issue: Ranting in cyberspace has become more common over the years
Secondary Issue: Remaining anonymous online may not be possible soon
Inferences: The writer suggests that ranting online can be dangerous and have consequences, due to its unfriendly and hostile attitude towards whoever the rant is targeted at. This can be inferred from the examples listed by the author that ranters are being judged and prosecuted for their supposedly deemed indecent or offensive social media posts.
Implications and Consequences: The ranter may be hated and receive hateful messages from people in the cyberspace, and family and friends in real life may change their opinion of the person, and the ranter may lose his job.
Concepts: Ranting should be a minor offense against the law, especially if the rant is indecent or is harmful.