Surveillance



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The cartoonist is addressing the attitude that the majority of people have towards the government’s security policies. The message of this cartoon is that government security policies are not supported by the majority of the citizens. This is clear because the cartoon shows people doing funny things in the cameras. The point of view of the cartoon is most likely from a person who is a strong believer in liberal policies such as individual rights and freedoms. That is because in the cartoon the citizens do not like how the security guards are watching over them and invading their privacy. This cartoon relates to liberalism because it supports liberal policies of individual rights and freedoms by showing people disagreeing with the illiberal actions of the government of restricting the right to privacy through camera surveillance. This cartoon also shows the gap between what the people want and what the government thinks is good for the common good. The security guards represent the government because like security guards the government is watching over their citizens to ensure they are safe. The gap is shown because the people in the screens are mocking the security guards, while the guards have a serious look on their faces showing their different points of view. This represents how the government has not found a good balance between restricting freedoms for security because the citizen are mocking the security guards. Clearly, the cartoonist is trying to show how there is still differing views on the increased security that infringe on individual rights and freedoms that the government has created, and there is still not balance between the two. This connects to the United States and Canada’s reaction to 9/11, because both governments created legislation to protect from terrorism and ensure the security of their citizens. In the US the Patriot Act and in Canada the Anti- Terrorism Act, both goals of these legislation is to deter terrorist activities and protect their citizens. But many citizens in both countries are unsure about these legislations because it gives the government power to impose limits to freedoms in order to “ensure security”. People are scared of losing their rights and freedoms and feel it is illiberal of the government. This cartoon is clearly depicting the opinion that many citizens have toward the government security policies, and the cartoonist obviously does not agree with them either because of the childish mockery of the security guards in the cartoon.

Detail
What it represents?
Security Guards
Government
Surveillance screens
Government security policies
Mockery
Citizens feeling toward government security policies. People in the screens
People in the screens
Citizens

Source:

Cearta.ie, Retrieved on December 13,2011, From,
http://www.cearta.ie/2009/03/covert-surveillance-privilege-and-iniquity/