Edward Snowden Argument Analysis

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In June of 2013, Edward Snowden released documents revealing the National Security Association, surveillance programs. Edward Snowden brought about great debates on whether the NSA is correct in doing these surveillance programs on citizens, tracking them through technology. The NSA collects data through cell phones, messaging, social media, applications on phones, intercept photos, and many more ways reported by New York Public Radio. Our group decided to survey the class on basic information about the NSA, their attitudes towards it and possible policy changes. Subsequently, while deciding on the questions to ask we had to consider many different factors. First of all, we needed to ask questions of basic definition to consider how educated…show more content…
Many people are undecided on what they believe, based off our survey so arguments need to be effective. A neutral audience is a fair debate setting, for both individuals. Logos arguments will need to be very effective because of how split the audience is. One point of disagreement between my side and the audience is a disagreement with my argument as a whole. 50 percent of the audience disagrees with the statement that we should allow the NSA to continue their surveillance of citizens. Likewise, 50 percent of the audience will disagree with me on the fact that it is justified for the NSA to break the fourth amendment. The audience will definitely have to be convinced of my points, during the debate. For example, one of my points that the NSA surveillance tactics do work, I will have to convince the audience of this fact through statistics. Most of my points will require convincing the audience of them because I am on the negative side. My thesis will be opposed by half of the class from the start, my job is to convince the people who are on the edge why I am write. I expect my other debater to have a counter point to one of my arguments, that if people are doing nothing wrong they should not have anything to hide. I will need to come up with a rebuttal for their rebuttal that I am expecting to hear from them. A big cause for hope in the data is that it seemed many people are torn on what they believe and why they believe it. Many people in this issue seem to be, undecided on their beliefs. A problematic part of my debate, is that the arguments for NSA surveillance seem to be very limited. The affirmative side, has many more arguments to pull from to convince the audience. This means that my arguments, limited in nature will have to be very effective when I give them. It will be up to me to provide solid concise arguments to convince my audience of why we should allow the NSA

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