Who is to say that the government will not use this to find those who have any rebellious thoughts against the government. Moreover, the government could implant more cameras and say it is for our safety, but in reality, it is used to watch our movements and keep entail on all of us. This is why the government needs somebody to check if it does go on the path of totalitarianism. In Orwell’s 1984, the government uses the information they have for absolute control. In the United States the information they use is intended for the good, but who is to say the things intended for good could never turn into injustices.
“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”- Benjamin Franklin. People who are willing to let police have more power in being hopeful in being safe from crime do not deserve to be safe or free. In our country, protecting individual civil liberties is more important than national security. Civil liberties helps to protect personal freedom with the help of Freedom from Cruel and Unusual Punishments, Freedom from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures, and Freedom of Speech. First, Freedom from Cruel and Unusual Punishments protects us from unacceptable actions due to the suffering or pain it inflicts on the person.
Nineteen Eighty-Four, is a novel based upon a society where there’s little to no privacy. Big Brother has surveillance all over all areas so that he can keep eyes on every person at Oceania. George Orwell, the author of the novel states about how technology is used for surveillance purposes and getting into people 's personal lives. That is also what our society is undergoing at the moment and sad to say is working. “But you could not control the beatings of your heart and the telescreen was quite delicate enough to pick it up”.
Surveillance is used as the eye over the population. In 1984 it is Big Brother who sees and hears every step you take, while in America it is the National Security Agency (NSA). By governing the people with lies and limitations, a government can do as it pleases. If the people do not know what is right and wrong, they can easily be fooled. The first point is doublethink, in 1984 the party uses the idea of continuous war as an act of doublethink.
Although the NSA can also successfully catch terrorists by accessing private data, using only investigators will protect the privacy of the citizens of the United States from being violated, cost the government less money and let people feel more secure without having the feeling of being watched. Moreover, opposers argue that it is too difficult to process the enormous amount of information that the NSA accesses every day, so it is not reasonable to assume that this information actually helps prevent attacks in action. In addition, even when the NSA finally detects a suspicious act, it would still not be easy to catch an actual crime, as there are so many behaviours and situations that could solicit attention that the investigators can not decide which one requires investigators in the field. And that is the reason why the NSA falsely detained innocent citizens with wrong accusations. Some also believe that spying on other nations has caused tensions between the US and many countries around the world.
The U.S. government brainwashes everybody from a young age. In 1984, the Party brainwashes its citizens using many methods, including the Two Minutes Hate. Every day, there is a show displayed on every telescreen depicting Emmanuel Goldstein, the leader of the Brotherhood, the resistance against Big Brother, and causes a “hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces with a sledge hammer, [to flow] through the whole group of people
From Orwell’s novel, “1984”, it can be determined that his opinion on the most powerful means of control by the government would be the government’s use of fear to instill paranoia among the people. One powerful piece of corroboration for fear to paranoia would be Oceania’s obvious, and constant, use of technology to fulfill this goal. Take, for instance, the telescreens. Because of their existence in every buildings’ rooms and corners, they can be easily used to keep an eye on party members, and if need be, used to track their location and arrest them. Winston experiences the surveillance inflicted by the government during one of his daily workouts,as right when he stopped trying in order to ponder the conspiracies surrounding the party,
The issues presented in George Orwell's 1984 surrounding basic human rights and the government's ability to spy on people is still relevant in today's society. There have been several accounts of privacy invasions surrounding governments of different countries spying on their citizens and surveillance cameras being streamed to various public websites. These issues make the definition of privacy vary, when it should be set in stone. Privacy isn’t something that should change depending on who you are. There are instances when privacy should be limited and it those cases it is for the right reasons.
The government controls almost every aspect of peoples’ lives and going against the government results in elimination or torture. Surprisingly, 1984 relates significantly to several of today’s societies and governments, including the United States, Russia, Cuba, and North Korea in ways of mass mind control, electronic intrusion, and endless war. The USA PATRIOT Act allows the government to get a hold of an individual’s private records without a warrant. This completely takes away a person’s right to privacy. The government has access search anyone’s internet or library records.
The FBI seems to be making strides in preventing terrorist attacks, but this action should be made without social profiling and trolling the internet. Also, the repeal of Net Neutrality is another right being stripped from Americans. We deserve the right to an accessible internet that does not economically discriminate. All in all, the government does not have the right to monitor or limit internet content, as it skews our checks and balances system. Without these checks and balances we evolve into a country that oppresses its citizens.