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Throughout my research, I had to narrow down my sources to sources that I found to be credible as well as unique to my other sources. Because there is so much out there on technological surveillance and surveillance in general, I did a lot of narrowing down, but eventually, I got a good set of sources for my research paper. I also noticed during our presentations that several people mentioned technologic surveillance within their presentation and in looking at my sources, I feel that the book, “Law and Society: Read ID Act” might be useful to those people who plan to discuss how the government in YA Dystopias exercises control over its citizens. One presentation that stood out to me was Victoria’s, as she mentioned in her presentation, “Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance”, so this source might be useful for you, Victoria!

“Law and Society: Real ID Act” was written by William Eyre, and discusses the multiple laws that have been passed by the US government and how these laws have affected citizens’ right to privacy. The main argument of the book is that the American government has been enacting a great deal of laws in regard to citizen privacy, and as a result, there has been an erosion of personal privacy. The purpose of the book is to increase awareness of how privacy rights can completely disappear and how difficult it can/will be to regain these rights once they are lost. I think that this source is very useful in my own research paper and can be a great source for other projects because it shows how possible it is for today’s society to deteriorate into a dystopian, surveyed society that is controlled by a mass government. Not only does this book provide a lot of information, it is also a great source because the author does not stray off topic and manages to exhibit ethos and logos. The book is organized into chapters based on the laws passed by the US government and within each chapter, an argument is provided by Eyre why a law is just or unjust, referring to the Bill of Rights as backup for his argument. He provides thorough details and concrete examples to back up his argument (logos) and contributes to his ethos by explaining his background in Information Technology with the US Government. Ultimately, this book was a great resource for my project and can be one for yours because it shows how society has been affected by technological surveillance and it illustrates the dystopian potential of the United States.


Works Referenced:

Eyre, William. The Real ID Act: Privacy and Government Surveillance, LFB Scholarly Pub., El Paso, 2011.