Research blog #7

“why the government needs to monitor our social media and how they do so?”

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The source I chose has no specific author specified, but is a website owned by the American Civil Liberties Union. They are a well known organization that speaks for human rights and teaches the general public what rights they have.  The link I have is an article written by the website that mainly dives into the topic about why we should be worried that the government has so much information about us. It dives into what mischievous things the government does with the info known about us. They base their whole argument on the quote “History has shown that powerful, secret surveillance tools will almost certainly be abused for political ends and turned disproportionately on disfavored minorities.” This is definitely true if you look at past governments and is very scary to think about. The main target of all this surveillance is minority groups as stated on the website. Information is used in ways to violate our rights to privacy, free speech, due process, and association.

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This second source isn’t as accredited as the first simply because it is wikipedia, however the information given on this source is very disturbing. It shows the list of all the major government surveillance projects going on around the world.It lists ten major countries and shows ways the government surveils its citizens. The most disturbing factor of this website in my own opinion is that the United States has the most surveillance over any of the other countries and has many programs that are happening without our knowledge. The one thing that stood out to me the most was, “NSA ANT catalog: a 50-page document listing technology available to the United States National Security Agency (NSA) ANT division to aid in cyber-surveillance.” There are 50 pages simply written of all the technology the government has to simply watch over us. There is no need to have that many items to watch over citizens. Something has to be wrong for that to be the case. There is definitely a lot more going on than meets the eye.


Research Blog #6

“why the government needs to monitor our social media and how they do so?”

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This source is an article from the uncle library database. It is written by Tamara Dinev and Paul Hart. They both attend Florida Atlantic University and are part of the business school there. This article written by them called “Internet privacy concerns and beliefs about government surveillance – An empirical investigation”. It is a study done to understand peoples perception of internet privacy and how willing people would be to give up private information online. They did this study through Lisrel, a database where they could test their theoretical model based on privacy. A total of 422 people were part of the study. Through vigorous studying, they noticed that people had a negative affect towards the government intruding their privacy, but a positive effect to disclosing personal information.

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This second source is only somewhat related to my topic. It is an article describing what government exactly is. Not many people really look at government as a group of people governing over the wide mass, but generally as one. There are many different sectors of our government here in the United States. The article is written by Paul Cleveland. Paul Cleveland is professor of Business Administration and Economics at Birmingham Southern College. He has a PHD and is a very well qualified man. The article is called “Government: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”. It talks of not just the United States’ government, but of government in general. He goes over how government is needed when there are large masses of people and of how government has distinguished evil in the past and will continue to. However, he also talks about how even though governments can do good, that does not equate them from the equation of evil. With proper limitation of power, government can not only be good, but can be righteous. 

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This source I chose is an article with a couple videos attached to it that talks about the ways the government is invading our privacy and how morally right it is. It is called “Government monitoring every aspect of your life?” and was written by Greg Corombos. He is the news director for Radio America and is well accredited man. This article touches the subject of major privacy invasion that has been going on since 2012 and how it is being brushed by our heads by the people ruling us. A recent discovery released by a John Whitehead, claims that the government has been using a radar called the doppler.It is in the hands of many law enforcement officers. It is pretty much a radar that looks like binoculars and allows the person to see through houses in the form of heatwaves. So pretty much you can be located in your house at any time and the person watching can know exactly what you are doing when you do it. It is definitely a scary piece of technology to be used on citizens because it is a major invasion of privacy.

  • What connections are you noticing between sources you’ve found so far?

    I am noticing that all the sources share different information on a common subject.

  • What else do the above sources make you want to know? Search for next?

    These sources make me want to know the reason why the government is doing what they are doing. Is it really for safety, or is there something else out there going on that we don’t have general knowledge on. I am going to look at history, governments who have done the same, and what their reasons where.

  • How is your topic changing as you learn more about it?  What does this help you to understand about the research process? Do you need to make changes/adjust/revise your guiding question?  Explain.

    My topic isn’t changing, its more of evolving. I don’t understand why or what it is I’m looking for through the research process, but it is definitely making it more fun for me and I’m learning a lot more than I would’ve if not for it.

Research Blog #5


My topic is the question of “why the government needs to monitor our social media and how they do so?” The reason I chose to look into this topic was because of the fact that there are many conspiracy theories out in the world about why they do so. Whether its to sell our information to third parties or to keep people from finding out the “truth”, how correct are these theories. Well, the first thing I wanted to dive into was “What is a conspiracy?” and “How reliable is the information of a conspiracy?” The source I chose to answer these questions is from a political psychology book. There is an article in the book that talks about such. Its called “Belief in Conspiracies”and was written by Marina Abalakina-Paap, Walter G. Stephan, Traci Craig, W. Larry Gregory. In the article, they look into beliefs in specific conspiracies and attitudes toward the existence of certain conspiracies. From their research they noticed that high levels of anomie, authoritarianism, and powerlessness, along with a low level of self-esteem, were related to beliefs in specific conspiracies, whereas high levels of external locus of control and hostility, along with a low level of trust, were related to attitudes toward the existence of conspiracies in general. This all correlates to the idea that people who feel the need to dwell into conspiracies tend to feel powerless or at a disadvantage. Their research also showed that conspiracies do not correlate with the idea that people feel the need to make conspiracies to simplify complex events. Through this research, I can somewhat say that conspiracies can never truly believed a hundred percent, but the possibility is definitely there.

  • What is most interesting/surprising to you from this source? The most surprising/interesting thing about this source to me is that it never once says that its proven that conspiracies can’t be true. Ive always thought that a conspiracy was just a speculation of events put into one to put the pieces together for everything to make sense. I was hoping the source would say otherwise, but it did not.
  • Does this source refer to other sources? If so, how and why? If not, why not? (This time, take a look at the “References” or “Works Cited” or “Bibliography” – any leads you can follow here? This source is taken out of a book and I’m pretty sure the authors referred to all the sources in the back of the book. I was unable to find anything cited in the article.
  • What else does it make you want to know? Search for next? What questions does this source raise for you?     Why are people so scared of government interference into our social media lives? Why derive conspiracies from the work of our government trying to keep us safe? What are some red flags on social media that the government uses to their advantage of keeping us safe?

Research Blog #4

I ended up deciding to switch my topic about vaccines to “Why does the government want information about us from social media and how do they do so without our knowledge?”

  • Describe the key claims-The key claims of this article were to go over news of the government speaking to the citizens through social media and to explain how they would do so.
  • Select examples to illustrate-Governments implementation of its use of social media. A better understanding of how social media works.
  • Present the Gist- In the article, the writer developed a central tone that sounded very neutral. This indicated that the writer was simply giving news in a non-bias way of how the government will start using social media. Not only will it be local governments, but all the way up to the federal government.
  • Contextualize-The article I chose is called “Social Media and Government”. It was written by Nick Bilton, and published by the New York Times in 2012. During the time of the publication, social media was not nearly as popular as it is now. It was back when Instagram only first got introduced in society, and Facebook and Myspace were still “cool”. The reason the author wrote on the subject was because it was the first time the government ever decided to put their foot into social media. They decided to not only surveil it but to also be a part of it. It is much easier bringing the news to social media than to the people through other means. The article simply is a news source and nothing more. It talks about how and why the government will step foot into social media on a local government scale and a federal government scale. The purpose of them doing so as stated in the article is “these new government enterprise solutions were good for business, consumers and government.”