Privacy And Privacy In 1984

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Sorry Orwell, It’s Not 1984 Anymore.

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity”(Albert Einstein). The novel 1984, a dystopian classic written by George Orwell, depicts Winston Smith, the protagonist, being watched everywhere he goes, even in his own home and public restrooms through telescreens; everywhere he looks he sees propaganda which illustrates the face of the Party, a figure known as Big Brother. He is constantly anxious and paranoid due to constant surveillance, ready at all times to kill to protect himself from his “disappearance.” Does our world parallel the world of 1984, an age where totalitarian leaders strive to regulate every aspect of public and private life? The claim that our world has transformed into Orwell’s Oceania isn’t new, yet this is of course is puerile, technology today helps
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In the article, “In Britain, Somebody’s Watching You,” author Jennifer Carlie, reports “There is now one camera for every 14 Britons living in London, according to research conducted for the Center for Criminal Justice at the University of Hull” (Carlie). This evidence might lead you to pose the claim that Orwell’s depiction of the telescreen is similar to modern day usage of surveillance due to “seizure of privacy”. Yet in the novel 1984, Winston states he lives in a state where he assumes, “...every sound [he] made was overheard, and except in darkness, every moment scrutinized.” By contrast every “sound” and “moment” in modern day society with the use of surveillance is not scrutinized. We do not need to worry about everything and anything we do or say in this day and age. We are entitled to free speech and have access to communicate opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or

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