1. While researching I found many different facts that I did not know. One thing I discovered by reading, Big Brother is Watching: A History of Government Surveillance Programs, was that “surveillance is comparable to a search and that it therefore ordinarily requires the subject’s consent or a valid warrant.” I had no idea because I feel like surveillance is everywhere and you are never asked if you can be on camera in stores, at school, or anywhere for that matter. Another thing that I did not know was that Google has a personal search service that you may turn on if you wish to do so. In, Forgot What You Searched For? Google didn’t., one woman writes that “access to every query I’ve typed while signed into Google, organized by a clickable calender.” This requires them to track anything you have ever searched. This could be helpful in some ways but others it is an invasion of privacy. As this article also states, many searches can be misinterpreted. One of the favorite quotes I found while researching was, “If you think the government is watching your every move, that’s crazy– but if you think the government is too good or too honest to try it, that’s naive.” The government has the power to do what they want, whether they take it for granted or not is to be decided in our future.
2. These topics relate to the book because Oceania is being watched at every second of every day without being able to do anything to stop it. Telescreens are always in their face and there is no way to push them off or make them stop unless you are in the Inner Party. In Chapter 8 of Book 2 Winston and Julia are both shocked at the fact that O’Brien is able to turn off his telescreen to speak to them. It says, “The voice had stopped. Julia had uttered a tiny sound, a sort of squeak of surprise. Even in the midst of his panic, Winston was too much taken aback to be able to hold his tongue. ‘You can turn it off!’ He said. ‘Yes,’ said O’Brien, ‘We can turn it off, we have that privilege.'” They have no privacy. Our country could be turning more and more into Oceania without us even knowing. We are being watched even when we feel at our safest.
3. These topics could effect life now by deceiving the average American. It is made out that emails, social networking websites, and phone calls are private but in reality they aren’t. You can be tracked and located at any given moment. The government has more control over our lives than they show and it can be a dangerous thing. In the future, if the government decides that privacy is harming us more than helping us, they can obliterate it whenever they feel necessary. It is already obvious that nothing we say is private, anyone can hear and you can be punished. One example is the students in Godfrey that were expelled for a post on a social networking website. Now, just like in the book, you have to watch what you say or do and who you do it in front of.