Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal


As globalization and technological advancements continue to change the way that our world is structured, they also present challenges to human rights and privacy. Through the use of a theoretical background and modern-day examples, this paper critically analyzes the way that these technological advancements have been utilized by organizations in the United States of America to spy on American citizens. These organizations include the National Security Agency (NSA) in particular as it has been in the media most often for its use of domestic spying. The American government has demonstrated its ability to infringe upon the rights of their citizens multiple times and in many ways contrary to the ideals of democracy. The idea is put forth that American citizens need to seriously consider the ramifications of their decision to allow domestic surveillance to continue regardless of its impact on their personal freedom.