Moral Rights to Privacy Analytical Essay by LisaLove

Moral Rights to Privacy
An analysis of Mohammad Kheirkah's photo "Muslim Pilgrims in Mecca for Hajj" in the discussion on our moral right to privacy.
# 154151 | 1,611 words | 5 sources | 2003 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2015 in Ethics (General) , Hot Topics (Iraq Wars) , Political Science (Human Rights)

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"Surveillance can be a mischievous culprit for a lot of people. Many different viewpoints and assumptions may be drawn from the actual monitoring of a human being's physical and technological actions in certain forms and areas. Mohammad Kheirkah's photo, "Muslim pilgrims in Mecca for Hajj," exemplifies just how effective and widespread surveillance can be. In the photo, 12 cameras are vigilantly monitoring the pilgrimage, barely missing any action. One may argue that this is an invasion of our privacy; others would argue that it is within our control. The photo can be represented in various ways. While carefully interpreting the viewpoint of Kheirkah's image "Muslim pilgrims in Mecca for Hajj" and questioning the moral integrity of the actual physical monitoring portrayed, the photo suggests a certain level of invasion of the basic moral rights to privacy with which we as human beings are globally accustomed.
"After seeing and interpreting Kheirkah's photograph of a Saudi Arabian officer monitoring Muslims pursuing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, we ponder the content that is being recorded and whether such close monitoring is legitimate. In the photo, exactly 12 video cameras appear to be set up, though more could be present; however,they are clearly capturing a lot of activity. The thought that an unknown individual is surveying a perfectly normal, annual religious activityis, in fact, considered a violation of certain moral rights. Angelo Corlett's essay regarding the nature and value of moral rights to privacy becomes very prevalent when this ideal is tampered with, much like Kheirkah's photo. Corlett's theory of the moral right to privacy clearly states that the theory is "...conferred on a moral agent by the balance of human reason" (331). This theory explores the morals and ideals humans accept without question when determining the amount of privacy each man or woman is granted. It is almost like a set of unwritten moral values that people should and do abide by. After analyzing this theory, one may question what qualifies and determines how much surveillance constitutes a violation of basic privacy. To articulate this idea, it is important to look closely at the impact of the panopticon, whose functions are explained in Michael Foucalt's essay "Panopticism." The panopticon, given the year, was one of the first steps in creating a monitored prison environment for people who committed criminal offenses. Using a 21st century mindset, we can clearly identify the panopticon asan outdated idea and a clear violation of Corlett's theory of the moral right to privacy. The violation is also clarified due to the factual evidence recovered in the essay,which basically shows us how much impact, both physically and mentally, the panopticon had on its inmates. Through Corlett's theory and the evidence of the panopticon's impact, we gain a better understanding of Kheirkah's photo and the representation it has in terms of our basic human rights to privacy."

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