COMM 140 Final surveillance question

COMM 140 Final surveillance question - 4) Distinguish...

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4) Distinguish between “hard” and “soft” surveillance, using specific institutions and technologies in your answer. Describe how “surveillance creep” relates to the development of a “control society.” “Hard” surveillance involves more traditional, physically invasive methods of gathering information such as police arrests, security pat downs, blood or urine tests, and interrogations. “They involve coercion and threat in seeking involuntary compliance,” and usually only used on suspect individuals (Marx 1). “Soft” surveillance is the collection of personal information through techniques that minimally or do not physically disrupt an individual, such as cameras, thermal imaging, satellite imagery, and DNA gathering through voluntary mouth swabs. While individuals subjected to “hard” surveillance often resist the search, they are always conscious of the surveillance. However, individuals who are targets of “soft” surveillance often voluntarily consent to the disclosure of information, or are unaware that they are under surveillance, thus
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