Theme Of Increasing Surveillance In Little Brother

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Increasing Surveillance or Increasing Infringement In the novel, Little Brother, Marcus states, “Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness” (Doctorow 220). Not every aspect of life can be monitored; when the government begins to abuse their power of surveillance, privacy becomes lost and democracy no longer prevails. People often debate the idea of increased surveillance because …show more content…

The constant feeling of being watched would undoubtedly result in paranoia. In the novel, Little Brother, Marcus states, “So far, I’ve managed to spend more time free than behind bars. Paranoia is my friend” (Doctorow 314). Although paranoia leads people to take caution with their actions to avoid getting into trouble, ultimately, having the feeling of being monitored by surveillance at all times, has the potential to drive an individual to insanity. According to an article written by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, “They may mistrust others and remain often in a state of suspicion. Minor feelings of paranoia are common, but severe paranoia can cause significant fear and anxiety and can have a pronounced effect on social functioning” (“Paranoia Symptoms & Signs”). Paranoia not only affects a person’s mental state, but it can also affect that person’s life in general, specifically their interactions with others. Therefore, in conclusion, increased surveillance does not only lead individuals to seem on edge, it can also negatively affect many aspects of a that person’s life.
Increased surveillance has definite positive aspects if used in a responsible manner. With increasing technology, justice can take its course upon someone deserving of it; however, as soon as the government abuses their power to monitor citizens, the people have a right to take a stand against

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