Monday, January 27, 2014

Political Cartoons: Obama and the NSA

     I have always thought that the best way to learn was when one was having fun. This is true as well when learning about politics through political cartoons and laughing along with them. Who really wants to read through blocks of texts when a simple picture would suffice? The saying goes: A picture is worth a thousand words. Please join me, as I embark on this amateur journey to explore politics through cartoons.

The first cartoon I would like to analyze is this one:

     The NSA (National Security Agency) , which is represented here as a humongous dog, is an organization that has been getting a lot of bark (pun intended) lately because of personal data gathered from the American people and foreign country leaders. Reports on the NSA reveal that they have kept track on what people have searched online along with listening in on phone calls. In this illustration, Obama is saying: "It's okay, I fenced him in.", meaning that Obama seems to have put restrictions on the NSA. And as you may noticed, the fence is very low. So, according to this cartoon, the constraint on the NSA doesn't seem to matter as it can easily overstep its boundaries and pass its restrictions again. Therefore, one can interpret that whatever Obama has done to ease the American people about the NSA is fruitless and useless.

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