Essay #3: Dragnet Nation/Research Paper
Annotated Bibliography Due July 14 100 points
Rough Draft Due July 21 100 points
Final Essay #1 Due July 23 400 points
Peer Review Sheet Due July 23 50 points
Dragnet Nation discusses quite a few issues that have arisen since 2001 with regard to the state of surveillance, technology, privacy, and security in the United States.
In this paper, consider one of these issues for further research in order to develop a more informed position on the issue of your choice. Review your reading journals and any questions that sparked your interest in the topic.You must argue for or against any of the topics listed below. However, at least two of your paragraphs must address another side of the argument through concession and rebuttal.
Total: 400 pts
Page Length: 4-5 pages, not including the works cited page.
Here are some ideas:
Choose a “dragnet” or surveillance program that you would like to research (e.g. drones, security cameras, body cameras on law enforcement officers, Google Glass, online medical records, collection of metadata by the NSA, “No Fly” List, license plate cameras, etc.)
The works cited page must have 6 sources, in addition to Dragnet Nation. At least 2 of the sources must be scholarly articles (found using the Berkeley City College Library database). The other sources may be web sources or print sources. You may use some of Angwin’s sources (see Notes, p. 225-274).
Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable source for college level research.
Concession and Rebuttal (also part of body paragraphs): To increase your credibility as a writer, it is important to explain what the opposing points of view are. Point out weaknesses in the arguments made by opposing points of view, find some common ground, or concede that some points are valid.
The purpose of this assignment is to practice researching and presenting a solid written argument. In addition, this assignment is to practice all of the concepts we’ve learned during the semester and possible present these arguments/themes in your group presentation.
You are writing your essay to convince your main points and inform the reader the main controversial issues of your topic.
Evaluation According to Rubric & Rules:
Your essay will be evaluated on paragraph structure, development, support/evidence, organization, style, clarity, grammar. See attached rubric for guidance.
As always, feel free to email me or see me during my office hours if you have any questions.
Research Paper Outline
Introduction: (order of items within paragraph may vary; introduction may be more than one paragraph in length)
● Identify the problem
● State thesis
● Gain the reader’s interest, perhaps by explaining why she/he should be concerned or describing the seriousness of the problem
Present Problem: (more than one paragraph in length)
● Describe the problem thoroughly
● Be sure to address the following questions as they apply to the assigned problem, giving examples and explanations of each and supporting answers with research:
-What caused the problem?
-Who is affected by the problem?
-What are the effects of the problem?
-Why is it important?
-Where did it begin, or where is it most problematic?
-When did it become a problem?
-What background information would a lay reader (not someone in your career area) need to know to understand the issue?
Present Solution(s): (more than one paragraph in length)
● Describe, examine, and evaluate the solution or solutions.
● If you have more than one solution to discuss, place the least acceptable first, then progress in order to the best solution.
● Each discussion of a solution should
Concession and Rebuttal:
● This section will address the opposite side of an argument and a reply to show the fault in your opponent’s argument. This section of a paper could be addressed in any point of your research paper.
● Remind the reader of key points, benefits to your solution, or of the problem’s significance.
● Call to action: What do you want your reader to do now or to better understand?
Final Paper Requirements adapted from Meghan Swanson-Garoupa and Kristi Vanderhoof.