This is parallel to the novel 1984, which focused on a totalitarian government where people’s privacy was violated. The privacy violations Americans experience today are similar to the privacy violations occurring in 1984, because the government can spy on us through our phones, Wi-Fi tracking and GPS tracking like the telescreens in 1984. The novel 1984 take places in the city of Oceania, where technology was so advanced that the people were continuously watched, leaving them no privacy. In order to accomplish that, the government used a telescreen to watch them. The slogan the Party used was “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” which reminded them that the government was controlling them.
Even though “Today websites like Facebook track our likes and dislikes, and governments and private individuals hack into our computers and find out what they want to know. Then there are the ever-present surveillance cameras that spy on the average person as they go about their daily routine. (Beale Lewis)”. The average American knows that they are probably being watched. Yet they generally believe that it will never affect them or they believe other people are being observed not them.
J. Edgar led many operations to help protect the USA against its enemies both outside and possibly inside of the government. Information gained when you are in a place that does not broadcast its doing on every station in America is called spying which is done from the inside. ...and even had an FBI operating the short wave radio station through which the Nazi spies communicated with their bosses in Berlin (the other half of history). Without spies information that has possibly prevented many disasters from happening would not have been gained. For a man who held nothing back in his pursuit of righteous justice and power and believed there were spies everywhere there was a limit.
In both worlds, citizens are subject to monitoring, the government and police force has unmonitored control that they use their advantage and the crumbling social organizations that are leading people to become bankrupt. The importance of realizing that our world is similar to Orwell’s 1984, is so we can prevent and become more aware of what our society is becoming. People like Edward Snowden and Samuel Dubose are both examples are people taking an action against these similarities. Snowden, speaking out when the CIA was becoming more invasive and Samuel Dubose’s story helps bring clarity and realization to otherwise “thoughtless” people that don’t question our society. If everyone in America were to fight for what they believe in, then we can change the
If people can choose what they want to believe in, Inner Party would not be able control them. Thought police are used to stop those who have thoughts that oppose the nation. In the novel, it states that, “How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time”(pg 6). The fact that the people of Oceania can be monitored at anytime of the day will cause them to not think at all.
The book, 1984 by George Orwell is a dystopian book about how society is ruined by the government who was total control. The world we live in can or can’t be relevant to the novel moreover, it can happen because the government in the story has taken the power all to themselves and has control over the people. The point I’m trying to get is that many people don’t know what can happen when the government is in the wrong hands of the ruler itself. A contrary explanation is that 1984 can be similar to our world we have today, which is our new president. In the book, Winston, the main character, is tired of how his society is becoming by the day with all the executions, drones spying on him and telescreens watching him and also listening to him wherever he goes.
During Orwell’s time, both communism and totalitarianism were on the rise. Many critics have “hailed it (the novel) as an attack on a specific political system: Stalinist communism” (“Critical Reception” 12). In this sense, Big Brother was modeled after Stalin with aspects of Adolf Hitler to highlight the horrors that would await America should the amount of control allocated to the government continue to increase. As seen in 1984, the Party used telescreens to conduct constant surveillance. “The telescreens received and transmitted simultaneously…so long as he remained within the field of vision…he could be seen as well as heard” (Orwell 3).
We already know that corporations have access to our information, but what is it actually used for? Our information is being stored, but not put into use, “In Kafka novel The Castle, the authorities can’t find the document that would determine whether the person who’s been brought in is wanted or not. “They have piles and piles and piles of documents, but they don’t do anything with them,” says Corngold, a Kafka translator and scholar.”(Greenblatt, 2013). The government uses the excuse that if they collect our data, it is for the safety of everyone, but all our information just is stored in a computer somewhere. Not only that, but wherever we go, they are collecting data from us, “With the advent of smartphones and widespread surveillance cameras, no conversation or movement in the public sphere can be considered private.”(Greenblatt, 2013).
Standing out and individuality is frowned upon in both novels, which is one of the many elements that take place in dystopian literature. In 1984, people are watched and hunt down by the thought police. People in the society are not allowed to think their own thoughts, and they must not go against the Party and Big Brother. Winston, however, rebels against Big Brother and the Party and he wants to go “down with Big Brother!” The Party and Big Brother also frowns upon sexual relationships and love. Only thing the society should really love is Bigh Brother, but Winston rebels against that as well.
Forty fourth president Ronald Reagan once said, "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem." In the novel 1984, the main character Winston struggles to live his life in the totalitarian state that his country is in,. Total control and monitoring of citizens is enforced in absolutely every aspect of life. Through 1984, George Orwell warned about the dangers of a government that monitors their citizens ' everyday lives and how that translates into paranoia in the people.
All the President’s Men is perhaps the most revolutionary detective story to ever be written. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are the legendary reporters who followed the Watergate scandal from the beginning, and were able to piece together one of the biggest political scandals to ever occur. Both Bernstein and Woodward’s lives were changed forever when they were asked to cover the Watergate building break in for the Washington Post. Both men weren’t close friends, but worked together on reporting the story. Soon by following various leads and calling contacts in the white house, they were able to find out that one of the burglars was hired for defensive work for Nixon’s re-election campaign.
Citizens live with the fear that someone is always watching them through the telescreen, analyzing every word and motion. Another, more violent means of surveillance and control is the Thought Police. Trained and armed, this threatening group weeds out thought criminals quickly and silently. Winston describes the fear and desperation instilled in him by the Thought Police: “thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while […] but sooner or later
Both 1984 and Anthem have very oppressive governments, but their laws are completely different from one another. In 1984, the government is strange when it comes to rules, there is nothing that is illegal, the people are allowed to do whatever they want, but if they do anything or even look slightly suspicious, the “Thought Police” will kidnap, torture, and kill anybody who has gone against the government. The government believes that if people are allowed to have emotions, they will become angry at the government, and revolt, and that’s why emotions are illegal (I will call it illegal because even though there are no laws, doing certain things will get you in trouble, so to avoid confusion, I’m going to continue saying it’s “illegal”), including emotional attachments to other people. People having sex for the purposes of procreation is perfectly legal, but having sex because you love the
With this question, privacy v. safety concerns came up. With this concern, The Petitioner, Riley and his lawyers, argued that smart phones simply contain too much personal information to be legally searched by police without a warrant. Many argues that smart phones reveal the most private thoughts of the average American, containing extensive records of the book read, websites visited, and conversations with friends and family of the owner. They also argue that constitutional protections will be surrendered if police can search the smart phone of every American arrested without a warrant. The Petitioner further contend that smart phones are every bit as sophisticated as personal computers and need to be treated as such and can be through of as a window into the owner’s mind.