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Should the U.S. Government Spy on its Own People?

Do Now | May 22, 2015 | 18 Comments

Should the U.S. Government Spy on its Own People?

Three provisions of the Patriot Act are due to expire on June 1st. Should the U.S. government continue to be given wide latitude to spy on its citizens in an effort to prevent terrorism?

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Panopticon [Youth-Produced Short Film]

Bay Area Youth Media Network | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Panopticon [Youth-Produced Short Film]

This short youth-produced documentary illustrates an interesting perspective on consumer surveillance, as it parallels modern government to the Panopticon, a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. This video was an official selection of BAYMN FEST 2014.

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My Life on Television is Less Than Desireable

Do Now Round-Ups | February 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

My Life on Television is Less Than Desireable

In our modern culture, the chances of the person sitting next to you having fifteen minutes of fame at some point in life has increased. In our #DoNowRealityTV post, we asked students Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy? Would you allow a camera crew to document your everyday existence? Why or why not?

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Does Reality TV Make Us More Comfortable with Surveillance?

Do Now | January 28, 2014 | 126 Comments

Does Reality TV Make Us More Comfortable with Surveillance?

Andy Warhol famously (and fairly accurately) predicted that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” With easy access to video documentation and sharing tools online, and the advent and increased popularity of reality television, which broadcasts “regular” folks’ dramas and activities, it is true that fame is attainable for a broader range of people in today’s media-saturated society. Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy?

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