A Paranoid World By Cory Doctorow Essay

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A Paranoid World
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, paranoia is “a serious mental illness that causes you to falsely believe that other people are trying to harm you” it is also “a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others”. Paranoia is all around us. In Cory Doctorow 's novel, Little Brother, the Bay Bridge in San Francisco is bombed during a terrorist attack. Marcus Yallow is a teenage technical genius. He and his group of friends left school one day to play a scavenger hunt game. They were out playing the game when the Bay Bridge was bombed. Trying to escape a frantic crowd they realized that Marcus’ best friend, Darryl Grover, had been stabbed.After flagging down help, they realize shortly that they are suspected terrorists. The Department of Homeland Security had taken and tortured Marcus and the others. Marcus is destined to get revenge. His friend, Darryl, is still in custody by the DHS. In the book the main character, Marcus, explains his experience with the Department of Homeland Security, “I was pushed roughly but dispassionately onto my stomach and something went twice around my wrists and then tightened up as well, feeling like baling wire and biting cruelly. I cried out and my own voice was muffled by the hood” ( Doctorow 40). Doctorow makes his book relatable because many of the same aspects of paranoia are present in our society today. Government paranoia, Racial…

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