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Assignment #2

April 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment
Assignments · Media & Sovereignty Report - Assignment # 2

The relationship between media and authority is not always clear. Freedom of speech and expression comes into play and creates a fine line that sometimes gets crossed. States have power that doesn’t come by often and isn’t easy to obtain. They use the power they are given to make sure their authority is seen and heard because they need to maintain order. Because people in government are so easily trusted, there are people who don’t give a second thought to the sometimes over bearing, controlling actions government officials take. They create new inventions that make people think they care and are worried about their safely, but at the same time are also serving their own needs.

A perfect example of this is happening in my town, Kings Point (Great Neck), New York. Over the past few months there have been about 10 attempted robberies in my town and the citizens were growing tired of an over-paid police force that wasn’t really doing anything to help. For months, police forces sent helicopters and police cars all over town to find the robber. Because they were unsuccessful and receiving backlash from the people in the community the Kings Point Police decided to add these new advanced cameras that are able to identify every vehicle that goes in and out of town. The devices take pictures of license plates and adds it to the database.

Now, anyone reading this article would be glad that the Kings Point Police were trying to do something to help their town. But someone who has been keeping up to date with the recent news in our town would know that there have also been recent stories of the youth in Great Neck cheating, stealing and dealing with drugs. These police officers are really just trying to save themselves by adding these cameras. The camera are said to read the license plate and be entered into the database, so once its in, the cops have every bit of information on you. Some people would be okay with that but I’m sure that there are those that feel this is effecting their privacy. Is the town using technology to maintain authority and control over citizens? Yes. Is it a bad thing in this case? Not if they catch the bad guys.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // May 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Excellent report, Sharona. This case, and your astute framing of the issue, brilliantly demonstrates the longstanding tension between security and liberty in a democracy. I hadn’t heard of it before, so I’m glad you brought it to my and the class’s attention.

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