For and against essays

  • Divide the essay into four paragraphs.
  • Write an interesting introduction to your essay that will encourage your reader to continue reading.
  • In the first paragraph give the reader some idea about the current situation and say why the subject is important. Make sure you give the outline of the structure of your essay to help the reader follow your argument.
  • Include points in favour of the topic in the second paragraph, even if you disagree with this. Show that you disagree with phrases like While it is true to say…, While the reasons for … are understood…, I will start with points for… to make this clear tj the reader.
  • In the third paragraph give points against the topic – remember to acknowledge the opposite view and state your opinion.
  • In the final paragraph restate both points of view before giving your own opinion on the subject.
  • Use linking expressions to guide your reader through your essay.

Too much surveillance is bad for democracy

Over the past few years, especially after recent terrorist attacks, public safety has become an important issue. It is undoubtedly true that the use of public video surveillance (CCTV) is a popular security method, but it is also true to say that it is not without problems. This essay will take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of video surveillance.

I will start with points for video surveillance. Firstly, the use of CCTV leads to the arrest of robbers at banks and cash machines and stops bar fights and shoplifters. Secondly, with CCTV on the streets it is claimed that people are afraid of committing crime and so do not do it.

While it is true to say that CCTV does affect our behaviour, I think that there are at least three disadvantages to video surveillance. First, video surveillance may not be effective – it is not been proved that it reduces crime. Secondly, it is expensive – the money could be used for other things – such as improving education and stopping the causes of crime. Thirdly, CCTV takes away our individual freedom and many people are starting to wonder just who is watching us and why.

While reasons for using video surveillance systems are understood, they are not the only solution to public crime and disorder. My own view is that although it seems like a quick solution to crime, in fact we will be giving away our individual freedom in the not too distant future.

There are few people today who could exist without their mobile phones. Nevertheless, the invention of the mobile phone also has its drawbacks that people tend to forget about.

There is no denying that mobile phones have a number of advantages. Parents with teenagers give their children more freedom if they take their phones with them when they go out. In addition, the mobile is useful for teenagers for getting home as all they have to do is dial their parents’ number and the family taxis will arrive at the arranged time free of charge.

However, not all people know how to use a mobile phone with sufficient respect, and trying to sleep on public transport has become impossible. Family visits have also lost out as younger members spend the afternoon texting friends or playing games when they would have been interacting with the rest of the family.

On balance, it seems that mobile phones have as many disadvantages as positive aspects. However, in some situations they are indispensable. If you have a car accident on a lonely road in the middle of the night, it’s clear that the quickest way to solve the problem is by making a phone call. In this way I, for one, am happier with my mobile phone in my bag, than without it, and I would recommend every driver to carry a phone with them at all times.

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