The Importance Of Privacy In George Orwell's 1984

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Privacy and Protection
In George Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother exploits surveillance to spy on everything from people’s daily actions to the thoughts in their mind’s privacy (Orwell). This book has left a horrifying image to its readers with the idea of the invasion of privacy through manipulation and misuse of surveillance. As extreme as that sounds, this could be the near future of Americans if surveillance continues to grow. Due to the disclosures of Edward Snowden on the flaws of surveillance, the government must implement changes on the NSA Domestic Surveillance Programs to guarantee privacy, safety, and the fair use of taxes in America.
Many different intelligence agencies, private and government-run, serve to keep America safe. Some of
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US Senator Richard Burr says, “We are on the floor today talking about taking away some of the tools that have been effective in helping us thwart attacks. It is the wrong debate to have” (“Pros and Cons”). Security and stability in life come with the appropriate protections and preparations. Allowing surveillance to provide security to the country will save people from having to worry about major terrorist attacks, such as 9/11, from happening again. Also, technology is advancing in every part of the world, so it would be a waste not to make use of the resources under America’s possession, especially when every other country could be using it against American citizens. Surveillance facilitates the process of tracking criminals both locally and internationally. Since everyone has the potential to become a criminal, surveillance is essential to forestall possible …show more content…
In fact, America’s domestic surveillance gives only a glimpse of illegal monitoring happening across the globe. Surveillance is much harsher on Middle Easterners who have a history of terrorism. Nevertheless, it is common knowledge that the actions of one person or people group of a country do not determine the characteristics of the population of that country as a whole. If so, why is it that the blameless citizens of the country must surrender their rights? Again, human rights apply to everyone regardless of anything simply because they are human.
The government also fails the trust factor with its lies. In “The Domestic Surveillance Lie,” Eddlem tells how the government misrepresented the issues about the collection and misuse of personal data (Eddlem). The recurring denial and acknowledgment of the truth creates nihilism and doubt among citizens. If the government keeps trying to hide things, suspicion will arise in the state-citizen relationship. The government must make a conscious change to prevent themselves from getting carried away with the power and authority that was given to them by the

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