In the united states today the government has so much power than what people may think. They have control over innocent citizens. The kind of power the government has over us has gotten to a limit where now they know where we are at and all of our private information safe on our cell phones. George Orwell’s novel 1984 gives a great example of how the government controls the people. In the novel they tell us about the government from Oceania, and how they control every single second of the citizens’ lives. Do you think it is fair that the government has that kind of control?
The U.S. government is invading the privacy of its’ citizens through the use of mobile devices such as phones and laptops. This use of privacy invasion is similar to the technology used in George Orwell’s novel 1984. What makes today relate to 1984 is how the government tracks us through location, voice, and messaging. George Orwell’s 1984 has a totalitarian government that can track its’ citizens through location with the use of telescreens. In the novel, telescreens can track your location in a room through a telescreen, which is demonstrated by Winston´s thought ¨so long as you remained within the field of vision … you could be seen¨ (Orwell, page 3).
The government has surveillance cameras just about everywhere parks, ATM’s, buildings, landmarks. There really is no privacy if you really think about it. An example Golbeck gave everything we say, do, or buy it is somehow all imputed into data. This information can be sold or used against you. No matter what you do something or someone is really always watching what you say or do.
In this paper, I argue against Government Surveillance. Although a society full of cameras could help solve some crimes, it is also true that the Constitution, through the fourth amendment, protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. Despite the fact that this is not a guarantee against all searches and seizures, only those that are deemed unreasonable under the law should be monitored. In addition, increasing political surveillance with the excuse of protection against war or enemies only fuels the fact that innocent people’s lives are being monitored. Finally, the information collected by the mass internet surveillance programs could be used for other harmful purposes since hackers could gain access to the databases and sell the information to other companies or terrorist groups.
The world of Big Brother depends upon total control and surveillance on its citizens. For example, Orwell gives detail of devices the Party, which is Oceania’s government, uses in order to maintain structure. He writes, “...an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall... The instrument could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.” (Orwell 2).
When other countries see that leaders of the United States do not trust their citizens and have to spy on them to find out what they are doing, it shows that America cannot be trusted. Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, states in her article “Global Opposition to USA Big Brother Mass Surveillance” that, “The United States should see this poll as a warning that surveillance is damaging its credibility. President Obama should heed the voice of people around the world and stop using the internet as a tool for collecting mass data about peoples’ private lives” (Paragraph 4). In the poll that Shetty took, fifteen-thousand people from thirteen different countries were polled on whether they were opposed to U.S. mass surveillance or with it; seventy-one percent opposed U.S. mass surveillance. This just goes to show that no matter how good of a reputation the U.S. has, government surveillance alone brings it down greatly.
In 1984, George Orwell displays a futuristic vision of society where the government has absolute control over the citizens. Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith leans towards the idea of hope for humanity. George Orwell writes about what must be done in order for humanity to live on while living in a totalitarian regime. Therefore, Orwell’s vision of hope for humanity lies within the actions of the proles.
There’s a question Americans constantly ask themselves, is the government trustable? Many citizens would answer no because they believe that the government is constantly watching them. The privacy of American citizens is being violated by the GPS trackers in our phones that the government can see and monitor, how the government listens to our calls and how they store all our information. In the novel, 1984 by George Orwell, Winston explains how Big Brother is constantly watching them.
To begin with, the NSA invades the privacy of American citizens through the use of surveillance. According to the text “People in most cities are probably captured on cameras daily, if not multiple times a day," Harper said. "As these cameras network together, and they as they are better capable at recognizing individual faces, people will realize just how they are being watched" (Moriarty). Innocent people are being recorded when they have no reason to be surveilled.
Do you ever feel like someone’s watching you? We may not see it, but government surveillance has skyrocketed throughout the years. Anything that we do with our electronic devices can be monitored by the government. Our privacy can be intruded on and we don’t even have a clue. Once our information is in the government’s hands, it can be spread widely and kept for years, and the rules about access and use can be changed entirely in secret without the public ever knowing.
There’s a question americans usually ask themselves, is the government trustable? Many citizens would answer no, many americans believe that the government is constantly watching them. The privacy of americans citizens is being violated by the gps trackers in our phones that the government can see and monitor, how the governments listens to our calls and how they store all our information. This is similar to the privacy violations explored in 1984 by showing how in 1984 Big Brother is constantly watching it’s citizens.
Eyes constantly follow every movement; ears hang on every word. In a terrifying futuristic world, the government controls everything from the current economy to ancient history. Big Brother, the blindly accepted leader, is a phantom figurehead that the people of Oceania follow like sheep. George Orwell shows the most effective means of control in 1984 is intimidation, which is conveyed through the government’s use of surveillance and torture.
Complete government control and government spying is a fear that has been among people ever since technology has begun to advance. Totalitarian governments started to take shape in the 1930’s when there were obvious parallels between Hitler and Stalin (Gleason 150). In the 1940 's, George Orwell was one of those people in fear of rising totalitarian police states. Orwell wrote 1984 with the purpose of hoping to warn people of the dangers of the totalitarian form of government. Orwell tells the story through the life of Winston Smith and the daily oppression he goes through living in this form of government. Gorman Beauchamp describes the tone of 1984 perfectly. He says, “In 1984 Orwell provides, of course, the apotheosis of bully worship, a
George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning to and vision of the future. Our society has many similarities with 1984. The United State government uses many similar tactics as the Party in 1984. They use brainwashing, surveillance, and lying to their people to keep their power.