The And Monitoring Of Citizens

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“1984”- Shaping Human Thought By Samiya Swinton The surveillance and monitoring of citizens is a situation in which many should take into high consideration. There is little to no limit to what they can do and there 's barely nothing one can do about it. Supervision is taken to an expanded level as revealed by George Orwell’s 1984. Vigilance. Many question how serious it could get and Orwell’s 1984 shows the perception of just that. “They could spy upon you night and day, but if you kept your head you could still outwit them. With all their cleverness they had mastered the secret of finding out what another human was thinking… Facts, at any rate, could not be kept hidden . They could be tracked down by inquiry, they could be squeezed out of you by torture. But if the object was not to stay alive but to be human, what difference did it ultimately make? They could not alter your feelings ; for that matter you could not alter them yourself, even if you wanted to. They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner thought, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.” This basically scrapes the attenuated surface of Oceania. Through the eyes of the main character Winston Smith, the audience is taken through the journey of the consequences of supervision, and the results of rebellion of Big Brother. The Patriot Act was passed on October 26 in 2001 by Congress with little to no objection. It was put into effect after the agonizing event of 9/11 which then gave way to individuals ready to give up their civil rights.The belief of being “protected” from terrorism began to be an uprising question. Section 215 of the Act, however, also ... ... middle of paper ... ...into consideration a camera that can be worn on their shirt. As the use of various technologies increases, so will the supervision of people. The protection by government could be a case of doublethink when it comes to being under surveillance. There’s a 50% chance that it 's actually beneficial and 50% that it 's a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Fear of government most likely comes from the fact that you are known by the unknown. Doublethink comes into effect when questions arise about what the government 's real purpose is and why they do the things they do. According to O’Brien, it 's not protection by the government but protection FROM the government. In conclusion, monitoring of activities is only getting stronger. The accelerated level of surveillance presented by Orwell explains to readers that the eyes are useless when the mind is blind.
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