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Test CH 110-001

Dena Branciforte
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Date Created: 02/08/16
Branciforte ▯1 Dena Branciforte AValuable Girl: Revealed “… The media’s spying on everyone, the Internet is spying on everyone, the government’s spying on everyone,” Cara Burnett said to her sixteen year old brother Ben. He replied with, “Good time to unplug and become a hermit” (881). Within the story, A Valuable Girl by Paul Micou, topics such as: privacy, cyberbullying, and spying are very prominent. The main character or victim as many people see her is Cara Burnett. She is the daughter of Dwight Burnett, owner of a security firm IronClad, who is running for a spot in the United States Senate. That being said, Cara, her three other siblings, and both her parents are expected to be very careful with their actions since they will be extremely scrutinized by the media. When inappropriate and suggestive pictures and videos slowly start becoming released on the Internet of Burnett’s eighteen year old daughter Cara, he worries that the image of his campaign is at risk. Cara handles the whole situation very responsibly and leans on her siblings for moral support. She especially looks towards her older sister Emily, who in the end turns out to be the mastermind behind the leaked pictures and videos. With help from her brother Ben, Cara is able to find the truth about her family and uncover their hidden secrets. Privacy is something that everyone thinks that they are entitled too, but unfortunately this is not the case in today’s day and age. Once something is released out onto the internet, or is accessible through an electronic device, it is fair game and just about anyone can get their hands on it. Branciforte ▯2 The definition of the word privacy from is as follows, “The state of being apart from other people or concealed from their view” (Privacy). In this short story the Burnett’s family’s privacy was invaded and exploited by the press. The Burnett’s were not allowed the privilege of being secluded from the judgement of others, especially the media, because of their wealth and presence in society. “Your behavior will be of the utmost importance to me and to my campaign. I am not saying you don’t go about your lives as usual – I mean, that’s what youth is for, am I right?And God knows it hasn’t been exactly carefree until now anyway. We’ve all had a lot of responsibilities.An image to uphold. You’ve been terrific.” This was a quote from Mr. Burnett towards the beginning of the story. He was having a meeting with his family about how now that he was running for Senate the standards for his family’s behavior will be even higher than it was before (66). In A Valuable Girl Cara was being cyberbullied (unknowingly by her own older sister) with risqué pictures and videos that came from her own phone. Cyberbullying is a popular and controversial topic in today’s society, especially since there has been many suicides that are consistent with teenagers who have been cyberbullied. Previous generations may have had to deal with playground bullies, but they did not have to deal with cyberbullies. This new generation has a lot more ways to bully someone and hurt their feelings via technology. Generally older generations believe that the internet has no privacy and they are very skeptical of it, but after reading this short story the author may start to develop more negative feelings towards the internet and its lack of privacy (Smith, 2013). Branciforte ▯3 Another important theme in this story was spying. Everyone in the Burnett family spied on one another. Ben, though, did most of the spying and hacking. He discovered that his father’s business was having financial troubles, that his mother never graduated from college, his older goody two shoes sister Emily cheats on exams, and that his younger sister Isobel has an older boyfriend (517). Aresult of his findings, he began to see his family in a different light. “My point is, for some time there’s not really been such a thing as secrets. People know this, or at least young people suspect it. It’s all just going to get worse if you’re someone like Dad,” Ben said to Cara, explaining that there is no such thing as a secret, especially when your family is in the spotlight (525). The scandal ruined a lot of people’s lives, not only Cara’s, but the people who were also in the pictures. If the pictures and videos were of someone who was not well known, it would not have blown up as much. For example, like Cara says towards the middle of the story to Ben, “If it weren’t for who Dad is, what do you think would have happened to me? Would anyone have cared?” Ben replies with, “For about two days, and locally,” (871). As unfortunate as it is, nothing is ever private, especially if it’s on the Internet. One can only hope that if someone stumbles across something embarrassing about some they know, they keep it to themselves. If they do not keep it private it could leak and become viral very rapidly. Had the author Paul Micou used an averageAmerican family, it would have taken away from the story. Since he used a high profile family that is well known in the United States, it was more believable. The made up family of the Burnett’s in this story are comparable to the Bush family. It was more realistic to use a wealthy well known family because the press and media are more nosey and intrusive in famous people’s lives then they are in average person’s lives. Branciforte ▯4 Works Cited Micou, Paul. A Valuable Girl. N.p.:Amazon Digital Services., 2014. Kindle. "Privacy.", n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2016. <http://>. Smith,A. (2013,April 3). OlderAdults and Technology Use. Pew Research Center, Retrieved from


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