Turning Points

  • Quote for thought “Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceeded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion…. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress.” This quote helped put research into a different perspective for me. Research has always been sort of intimidating to me because it seems like an impossible and never ending feat. This helps explain that even though I may not be able to collect all the information or answers, but thats okay. The research process is not about getting the final answer but on expanding on past knowledge and contributing to the building of even bigger outcomes in the future.
  • Parlors: The two parlors that really sparked my interest in “Reclaiming Conversation” were the romance and public square chapters. These were the two I had to chose between on which I would investigate during my inquiry process. I thought the romance was interesting because it brought into account a lot of things I had learned about adolescent relationships in ¬†my previous psychology classes. The other topic was also very intriguing to me because of the importance and relevance it had on my life and present day politics.
  • Blog: There were a couple of sources that really flipped my viewpoint on Snowden while I was researching and diving deeper into Snowden specifically. Even before I chosen which topic I wanted to pursue for me inquiry I noticed the current events that kept popping up on Snowden. Coming from a very conservative home my parents mindset on Snowden leaned more towards a traitor than hero. Without any knowledge but hearing what they had discussed my viewpoint was similar. However, once I read into the type of information he released and heard his interview on the Ted talk my opinion started to shift.
  • Freewrite (3/23/2017): In this freewrite I talked about how it was important for people to understand what they are giving up when they say that they are okay with the government using mass surveillance methods. This proves why I chose the topic because just like how my mind changed on the topic, I want to make sure everyone else is informed enough because I don’t think many people truly understand the depth of which mass surveillance goes.
  • Research: As I pursued more knowledge on mass surveillance through the internet I started to hear a continuous question in the background of all of these articles. “What can we do to protect our privacy?” Many of these articles stated that although there wasn’t a law in place for what is happening that it is an attack on our right to privacy and therefore should be illegal. The legality of it definitely proved importance because that is one of the main controls on our government and the large tech businesses within our country.
  • Outside the class: I have seen so many articles and news reports in the news throughout this entire semester on anything involving mass surveillance especially within our own country. The main reasons for this have been the release of secret documents by Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks. Being able to watch this situation unfold and examine how the government is responding to it is very interesting. This helped motivate me as I researched this topic since it is obviously relevant as it has become such a large issue.
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