1984 George Orwell Privacy Analysis

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Our privacy was predicted to be taken away unknowingly by technology. In the novel 1984 it gives examples of technology we have today that relate back to our technology today. Not only did it invade privacy but, kept important information away from us as the people. Also predictions of technology we look up to as a time saver. Technology such as surveillance systems, The memory hole and, the speak write are introduced in the book. Is amazing how it relates back to today's time.

First off, Surveillance is a huge topic in the novel 1984. The main surveillance technology used in the novel was known as a telescreen. Orwell explains in detail,” The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely”(1984, pg.2).
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Memory Hole A small chute in the wall used to carry documents to a large incinerator, in order to censor information and or remnants of the past. For example its say,”He tried to remember in what year he had first heard the mention of Big Brother. He thought it must have been at some time in the Sixties... there was no knowing how much of this legend was true and how much invented... It was not true, for example, as was exclaimed in the Party history books, that the Party invented airplanes... But you could prove nothing. There was never any evidence" (1984, Pg. 33). The speakwrite is a technological device in which the user of the product speaks into a microphone, and the device comprehends the language and records it. It is like most voice-activated software today, but is essentially a recording device that Winston uses at his job.”...It was difficult that he kept his voice from trembling as he murmured his figures into the
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