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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.

For my independent reading, I read Matched by Allie Condie and while reading the YA Romance Dystopia, a lot of questions came up. However, one of the most prominent questions that kept popping up in my head was “Why do these people trust the ‘Society’ so much and why do they let the ‘Society’ make all of their decisions for them?” Throughout the novel, I kept finding more and more people who simply went along with what the ‘Society’ instructed them to do, and without question. I think the reason why this came as such a shock to me is because growing up, my dad always taught me to question everything and trust my own instinct versus others’ instruction.

To go back a little bit, I’d like to explain what the ‘Society’ is and its large role in Matched. The ‘Society’ is the form of government that exists in Matched and it controls its citizens through constant monitoring and constant control over what they do. They decide who marries who, who does what, and everything else you can think of. However, the characters are deceived by the ‘Society’ and are convinced that they have some power over what they choose to do, when the reality of the situation is that it is only an illusion and the ‘Society’ truly makes all of the decisions.

This concept is so bizarre and intriguing to me because I feel that it is totally possible in today’s world. I feel like with all of the technology that exists today, it is so easy for people to be wrapped up in technology that they don’t realize if they’re being monitored or not—or if they do, they simply don’t care. Because of this, I plan to research how technology affects people and how it can numb people to the concerns of constant surveillance. Ultimately, the role of technology and surveillance in dystopian novels is what interests me the most and that is why I’ve chosen to write me research paper on this topic.


Works Cited:

Condie, Ally. Matched. Penguin Books Ltd., 2012.