FirstName LastNameInstructor’s NameCourse Title18 March 2022
About Government Surveillance
Introduction to the Controversy
One of the most notable controversies in contemporary society is the level of government intrusion in citizens’ lives. Increased online activities and diverse communication channels have facilitated the authorities with optimal surveillance methods without being detected. However, these efforts have caused a significant uproar among the public, who feel their privacies are being undermined. Yet, these government initiatives’ circumstances focus on providing the best possible and safest environment for these citizens. Thus, a controversy arises regarding whether people value their security or privacy more.
When assessing this controversy, three critical forces play a crucial role in pushing arguments from opposing perspectives. The first is the constitutional right to privacy common in nations that believe in liberty. For example, the Fourth Amendment specifically protects the people from government searches and seizures without reasonable cause in the US. According to Albakjaji and Kasabi (2021), privacy rights allow people to feel secure within their homes and in their person without fearing harassment by the authorities. Comparatively, the desire for national security also significantly influences this controversy. Citizens expect the nation’s administration to protect them from external attacks. Thompson, McGill, Bunn, and Alexander (2020) note that government surveillance plays a critical role in preventing terrorist attacks. Thus, despite the ethical concerns surrounding it, such intrusions play a crucial role in supporting a nation’s stability and ability to detect and prevent foreign attacks.
Introduction to Research Methodology
The study will employ the rhetorical research methodology. This approach focuses on collecting information from multiple literature sources and assessing the strengths of their arguments in addition to what members of the public have to say on the same. A critical part of this effort will include sharing stories with a specific group to assess their views and compare them to the researchers and what other scholars say. This approach matches the one used by Novotny and Gagnon (2019) in their assessment of trauma in the community. Their strategy resulted in a shared methodology that promotes academic applicability, association with the subject group, collaborative knowledge development, understanding the role of identity in such matters, and assessment of participants’ motivations. This research paper will also seek to establish what others feel about the given topic. As a result, the conclusion will reflect the shared perspectives about the controversy. In relation, Mocarski et al. (2020) observe that rhetorical methods effectively make people’s voices heard. Therefore, they are suitable for emphasizing and drawing attention to societal issues. This aspect would make it ideal for assessing the controversial foundational topic in this paper since it allows the researcher to merge scholarly information with what the people affected feel about the matter.
Benefits of a Communication Studies Perspective
A communication studies perspective is suitable for assessing the controversy because it provides technical views surrounding online communication and the value of ideas and relationships established through these patterns. For example, parties that support government surveillance would argue that online communications offer significant data resources to identify national security trends. Comparatively, individuals against the practice would present that their communications are an extension of their privacy and should be respected. In both instances, the controversy is subjected to the value of information sharing from both tactical and social perspectives.
Another benefit of communication studies in this instance is the role it can play in play in shaping how the researcher can assess the masses’ views regarding the controversy. While different scholars have already documented this matter substantially, it seems reasonable that the best insight can be drawn from the people directly affected by government intrusion. The rhetorical research method establishes the foundation for conducting research that facilitates intertwining scholarly views with public opinions.
Albakjaji, M., & Kasabi, M. (2021). The right to privacy from legal and ethical perspectives. Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues, 24, 1-10. Retrieved from https://www.abacademies.org/articles/The-right-to-privacy-from-legal-and-ethical-perspectives-1544-0044-24-S5-718.pdf
Mocarski, R. A., Eyer, J. C., Hope, D. A., Meyer, H. M., Holt, N. R., Butler, S., & Woodruff, N. (2020). Keeping the promise of community-based participatory research: Integrating applied critical rhetorical methods to amplify the community’s voice for trial development. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 13(1), 4. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1477&context=jces
Novotny, M., & Gagnon, J. (2019). Research as Care: A Shared Ownership Approach to Rhetorical Research in Trauma Communities. Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2019, 386. Retrieved from https://reflectionsjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/CopyrightUpdates/Vol18N1/18n1Novotny_Gagnon.pdf
Thompson, N., McGill, T., Bunn, A., & Alexander, R. (2020). Cultural factors and the role of privacy concerns in acceptance of government surveillance. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. DOI:10.1002/asi.24372