Depletion of Privacy in America Essay

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Privacy is a fundamental right which many people expect to have; however, it is bizarre to find individuals who have complete privacy in today's world. Privacy is defined as "the state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one's private life or affairs" ("Nowhere"). Governments around the world are fearful of giving citizens complete privacy as some are fearful of being overthrown by their citizens and others hoping to protect their citizens through invasion of privacy. George Orwell's acclaimed novel, 1984, eerily resembles today's society to a much more extreme level, yet many people are uncomfortable with the amount of power the government currently holds and its ability to intrude in the lives of others. The right to …show more content…
This poses a threat to democratic ideals which America is supposed to protect because people will become fearful of standing out from others, a pivotal attribute which made the founding fathers want to escape from Great Britain's grasp. The gradual loss of privacy may yield a society similar to the society of George Orwell's 1984. Today's technology greatly mirrors the technology used to invade the privacy of characters in the novel such as the usage of telescreens in every location is analogous to the vast number of plasma screen televisions and computers which can be used to monitor people (Orwell). As seen in the novel, characters are afraid to go against the gradient and stand up for what they believe in as their privacy decreases and their thoughts can make them more susceptible to being vaporized (Orwell). In order to prevent such loss of privacy that can be detrimental to society, it is important that Americans maintain their rights to privacy and prevent extreme examples of loss of privacy which are depicted in the novel 1984. In recent years, a number of privacy acts have passed, and whistleblowers saturate the media in response to government corruption. As computer usage was increasing at an exponential rate, the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) protected the privacy of electronic communication transmitted by computer ("Nowhere"). However, recently

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