Surveillance and Behavior

Primary Materials Analysis
For the media portion of my topic I will be using the movie Eagle Eye as one of my primary sources. Eagle Eye shows how being under surveillance can have an effect on human emotions/behaviors. Although the movie is fiction, it still relates to real life surveillance and human emotions to some extent. It shows the relationship between how humans’ behaviors can change by the feeling of being watched. The movie is based on two strangers who are brought together by a voice over the phone that watches their every move through different types of surveillance. This voice also commands them to do things that they would not normally do.
The website Mosaicblog has an article that goes into detail about the different mediums of surveillance in the movie. I will be using this information to further explain the variety of technologies used in the movie and how it can often be used in real life. The woman’s voice on the phone can control traffic lights, security cameras, cell phones, accounts, etc. to know all about her “victims” and watch their every move. In reality, The FBI can remotely activate the microphone in cell phones to record conversations if needed. It also states how the voice over the phone can have a connection with religion. This connection can be how the voice enabling the two strangers to act or perform certain behaviors can be related to how in reality some people’s behaviors and actions are based on God’s word.

So What?
My research is important because it is hard to find answers that directly answer the question “How does surveillance affect human actions and emotions?” I hope to add research that can provide more insight and a clearer answer to that question. I will be using the movie Eagle Eye as a fictional example of this. Although this information is based on a portrayal, this information can still be important to an audience of people who may have to do future research on human behavior/ emotions and the effect surveillance may have on them.
To link my secondary materials to my topic I will use articles that have relevant information to my topic. The article “Surveillance Cues Enhance Moral Condemnation” focuses on the affects that the thought of being under surveillance affects human behavior. The author of the text is Pierrick Bourrat. I believe that Bourrat’s purpose of this article was to inform readers of how being watched has a direct effect on the behavior of humans. The writer uses everyday situations to appeal to the logic of the reader. He further discusses that humans also link their behavior to reputational consequences. The audience for this article is anyone, mainly teenagers to adults that are interested in the affect surveillance has on human behavior.
Another article that I will be using is the blog post “Think the Technologies in Eagle Eye are Far-fetched? Think Again” explains the different types of surveillance used in the movie. The author Christine Fall goes into detail and relates the fictional movie to real life surveillance. The target audience for this post would be anyone interested in the surveillance used in the movie Eagle Eye. The purpose of this is to inform the target audience.
In conclusion, these articles provide further research to help answer the research question. I plan to provide new information to the target audience using both my primary and secondary materials. Using Bourrat’s article I plan to make the connection from the broadcast media to reality referencing to his previous research. To further elaborate on this connection I will use Fall’s article to address how some of tools used for surveillance in the movie are used sometimes used in real life.

-- By:Brianna Jarvis

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