1984 By George Orwell: Say Goodbye To Privacy

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Say Goodbye to Privacy As time goes by, American citizens are slowly beginning to lose their privacy. In society today, almost every step, every blink, is monitored by some sort of camera. Life is starting to turn into another experiment, where American citizens are taking the role as the lab rats. In the science-fiction novel 1984 by George Orwell, the main character Winston Smith is completely controlled by the totalitarian government of Oceania and its leader, Big Brother. The National Security Agency of the United States has become George Orwell’s Thought Police. The first step to losing privacy began with the signing in of the USA/Patriot Act. It was initially signed by George Bush on October 26, 2001, shortly after the 9/11 terrorist…show more content…
They do this by observing the duration and time of the phone calls. Certain keywords such as Obama, Bin Laden, 9/11, etc. trigger an in depth invasion of privacy. How long until it escalates into what Oceania’s citizens have to deal with? “In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the police patrol, snooping into people's windows”. (Orwell 98) For instance, if there was a conversation between two people about President Obama’s most recent speech, the keyword “Obama” would result in an immediate storage of that particular phone call. Now both recipients are “under watch” in a way. It is nearly impossible to have a conversation about anything without it being monitored. The Fourth Amendment states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”. How is a program that monitors and stores every bit of information about its citizens still in effect today? Not only is it unethical, it is also unconstitutional. George Orwell also showed in 1984 that spies are more than just government officials; it is beginning to turn friends, families, and children against one another. “Both of them were dressed in the blue shorts, gray shirts, and red neckerchiefs which were the uniform of the spies. Winston raised his hands above his head, but with an uneasy feeling, so vicious was the boy’s demeanor, that it was altogether a game”. (Orwell 23) Despite Winston’s desire to rebel, if the government has too much control, it’s difficult to succeed. The same applies to citizens today speaking

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