Commentary on Arrangement
I have arranged these sources in a specific order so that the reader will understand the process of my research, as well as to understand the topic as well as possible. First, this reader’s guide for the source list dwells into the topic of what exactly is a government. I felt the need to put this in because a large amount of people don’t exactly know what our government is. Next there are two sources that talk about the different ways the government invades our privacy. This is the main concern behind the research and I wanted to understand why they wanted to know so much about us. After this, I researched when the government entered the social media side and how the government invades us through there. I felt as though I would get a better understanding of my topic if I knew when it began. There are two sources after this one that talk about conspiracies and how many people actually care about our privacy being taken the way it has been. This was for my own understanding of how people felt about the whole subject. The last topic I did research on was what digital rights we actually have. The last two sources below talk about such. They also keep on the information being leaked for people with great privacy concerns. I felt it was necessary to end the source list/readers guide on this because it leaves readers with valuable information if anything were to happen in the future. The main reason this topic was studied was to spread more information about privacy to the many victims losing it every single day. It is wrong to take away our god-given right to the seclusion of our own selves in our own homes.
This 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.
This source 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.
This source isn’t as accredited as the rest 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.
The article 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.”
This is an article that is derived from a book. 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.
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.
The source chosen has no specific author specified, but it 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 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 it’s citizens. 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.
This is the final source of the readers guide and is more of a follow up to all the information presented here. It is a website, better known as a blog, that presents everything information based that involves privacy concerns we citizens should have. It talks about various government mishaps and illegal things they have done. It is fairly up to date and is always adding new information on a regular bases. It can even be called a news website because of the many stories it covers. If you do want to stay up to date on all privacy mishaps the government is taking a part in, visit the website on a regular basis. They also talk about the many rights you are entitled to as a person who uses digital products on the web. It is a very in depth blog on privacy.