Privacy In Nineteen Eighty-Four, By George Orwell

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In the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell, depicts a world of no freedom, brainwashing, no free thinking, and the citizens are kept ignorant of actual knowledge in the world. It is a complete totalitarian government controlled by big brother. Many refer this work as an Orwellian type government. The world is set after World War II has ended. He wanted to show and alert the readers the kind of world we may live in. This caused many people to fear big brother, and be more private with their lives. The society depicted by Orwell is tremendously terrifying, which no man nor woman would want to live in. In an interview, Bernie Sanders mentions Orwell 's work, and said Orwellian society to show that we do not want to be monitored 24/7. …show more content…
The government can check our emails, monitor phone calls, watch us through webcams, and many more possibilities. Society should not have to give up privacy to make the country better. In Nineteen Eighty-Four human privacy rights are being violated by Big Brother. Surveillance is everywhere in Oceania, most commonly found in TV sets called Telescreens. Telescreens allows Big Brother to monitor everyone during the day and night. There is a telescreen in every home and street. The Telescreen can pick up audio and video, it is unable to be turned off. The purpose of this is so the government can watch and monitor its citizens and stop any propaganda. Orwell said, “The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was a course no way of knowing whether you were being …show more content…
We have more privacy than in Orwell’s work, but we are slowing losing our privacy. In the article “Long Beach Police Use 400 Cameras Citywide to Fight Crime” it brings up the topic of how police officers use cameras to watch our every move. It is not just in one street but entire Long Beach, 400 cameras watching us and waiting for us to crack. The cameras later were confirmed hacked. “McDonell has set up a system to tap into hundred of privately owned camera that are part of the city’s street cape. Tapping into hundreds of privately owned cameras, the systems synchronizes law enforcement date with real-time video feeds from parks, beaches,business corridors, and even retail centers,” (Richard Winton, August 15, 2012, page 75) This means that everywhere you go they are watching you just like big Brother is watching you in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The long beach police now have eyes everywhere. In this article they explain how “The center can also receive live feed of pursuit from police department helicopters.” (Richard Winton, August 15, 2012, page 75) Not only are the citizens rights are being violated but the law enforcement rights are being violated by being watched constantly. This takes our privacy

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