George Orwell’s novel, 1984, depicts a dystopian vision of the future, one in which its citizens thoughts and actions are controlled by Big Brother government. This novel relates the ruthless surveillance and lack of privacy of the citizens to government actions today. Totalitarianism, surveillance, and lack of privacy may all be common themes in Orwell’s novel 1984, but are also prevalent in modern day society and government. Many people today have and will continue to dismiss the ideologies mentioned in 1984 as unrealistic predictions which could never occur in the democratic run system they live by today. But, are Orwell’s ideologies completely implausible, or have his predictions already played a hidden role in society?
In today’s society, most people don’t realize the government is taking advantage of their power. The government is here to protect and keep society safe, but I believe they are abusing their authority against us for their own benefits. In the novel 1984, George Orwell is a foreshadowing to our present day living. Orwell brings forth a feeling of hopelessness and paranoia. The government can use the term reasonable cause to get a warrant to tap phones, to intercept our mail and use satellites to view us without our knowledge.
US government forces Cellphone Company to spy their own cu... ... middle of paper ... ...rnment has used our security and privacy to make life more convenient for them. When we look from 1984, technology weren’t developed, only communication people use is journal, Winston tend to write journal to change history that has been settled, as well as a mean of communicating his thoughts and feeling to the future generation even he doesn’t care. In short, privacy has become more personal after 1984 not like every one cannot hold a secret. Privacy has grown so intrusive that people don’t even notice they’re being watched. Snowden doubt his role in government and finds his job is against human moral, exposing all the US secrets.
The novel 1984, by George Orwell, made me paranoid. It made me suspicious of our government's power and intentions. I became aware of the potential manipulation which the government could impose upon us. I came to see that the people I believe to be wholly dedicated to the well-being of society, the people I rely so heavily on to provide protection and security have the power to betray us at any given time. I realised that in my naivety I had gravely overlooked the powerful grip government has over society, and what it can do with that power.
Everyday we are all in trying to be persuaded into believing something using media and the government, as don’t in George Orwell’s novel, 1984 manipulation is used by the government to persuade the citizens that their leader, Big Brother, is portraying to be. For which ever reason information is manipulated, it is still a form of attempting to persuade opinions. In many forms people manipulate information in hopes that they will gain something, whether it be to gain power or to try and convince people that something or someone is correct. September 11th 2001 is one of the most terrifying, tragic, and most talked about days in the history of the United Sates. Although the official story was given out to the public many people question the events which happened and turn to one of the many conspiracies.
As stated in 1984, “Nothing is your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull” (Orwell 24).There is no escape. These telescreens are constantly watching you and “at any rate, they could plug into your wire,” (2). However, in 1984, the government is surveilling the people for a completely different reason. They want to stay in control and don’t want people to rebel. But nowadays, the heavy surveillance is for counter-terrorism and protecting the people.
Even in your home there is no escape. You are unable to get away or turn off the power of the Telescreen and "Big Brother". This novel is of a man's struggle against a totalitarian government that controls the ideas and thoughts of its citizens. In the novel 1984 by George Orwell the government used advanced mind reading techniques to discover the thoughts of the people and punish those who show signs of rebellion against the government. The novel is supposed to be a prophetic story, however, it was somewhat wrong in predicting the date when this government would rein.
You are being watched. Your phone calls are listened to, your internet usage is monitored, and almost everything you do is tracked. The technological invasion of privacy that takes place in 1984 by George Orwell is a realistic warning about life today, which can be supported by current technology, potential technology, and the real-life “Brotherhood” movements in the world today. Although not prevalent knowledge, the electronics portrayed in 1984 are already being used to violate civil rights in 2011. For example, in the United Kingdom, ironically where George Orwell lived, the BBC claims that there are currently over 4.2 million closed circuit television cameras – about one for every fourteen people.
Ray Bradbury and George Orwell were more frightened of the endless possibilities of what humans can do with technology. In 1984, George Orwell wrote of a future where people didn't know what privacy was because the government used the art of spying to gain control and acceptance. The government watched the actions of its citizens from the moment they were born until the time of their death. Protection from surveillance was impossible because all technology was owned by "Big Brother." Besides that, how can one miss something they've never experienced?
Society has made technological advances all in the name of security and convenience, but have these advances threatened our freedom and intelligence. In George Orwell’s 1984, the Party has control over all information and uses its telescreens to spy on party members. Also in 1984, Newspeak was created to limit language and in essence limit thinking. In many instances our technology and psychological methods in the 21st century are used similarly to the technology and methods used in the novel 1984. Are we as a society through our own devices such as CCTV’s and the NSA, social media and texting, and our human instinct to follow the crowd creating an imminent 1984?