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Is There Such A Thing As Privacy?

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.

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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Beyond 1984






“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Thomas More's Utopia


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Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a fictional character in a series of books written by J.K Rowlings. Harry is a smart, brave, young man that will do anything in his power to save his new found wizard world. In the series he overcomes many challenges to ultimately defeat Voldemort, the killer of his parents.

The Mundane World

We are first introduced to Harry as an ten year old orphan living under the staircase at his aunt and uncle’s house. His past was hidden from him in the hopes that Harry could grow and live a normal life. This is all disrupted the day a man named Hagrid walked into the Dursley home. Hagrid, the keeper of keys at Hogwarts, came to tell Harry of his past and take him to study more into wizardry.

Crossing The Threshold

With the help of Hagrid, Harry begins to shop for “school supplies.” He is taken into the wizard world to buy his very first wand and his pet that would help him throughout his journey. To get to his new school it is required that you take a train but this is no ordinary train. To get to it you must first walk through a portal called platform 9 3/4. This is a platform only wizards know about and muggles are not allowed. On his train ride he meets the two people that will help him the most on his dangerous journey, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

The Call To Adventure

Harry is already a well known name throughout the wizard world but does not find out about his journey until he gets to Hogwarts. He finds out that as a baby he witnessed the killing of his parents and learns he was almost murdered himself. He is the only person to ever survive and attack from the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort. He comes to the realization that he is the only person that can fight and survive an attack from Voldemort.


Harry put to the test his first year at Hogwarts. Voldemort is in search of the Philosopher’s Stone which will give him eternal life and Harry succeeds in stopping him. His second year at Hogwarts Ron’s sister, Ginny, finds a diary which happens to be Voldemort’s from his days at Hogwarts. It is through this that she is possessed and helps in opening the Chamber of Secrets. After this is opened a monster begins to attack students at school. Harry must then enter the Chamber and defeat the basilisk ultimately overcoming Voldemort again. In the fourth book Harry must overcome being entered into the Triwizard competition, competing against other great wizards for the title of champion. Voldemort uses this competition to bring Harry to him but Harry escapes once again. Harry begins to tell everyone about Voldemorts return and nobody believes him. Fighting, Harry is almost expeled for using underage magic and must overcome this also. This is another strike of his enemy Voldemort. In the last book Harry finds out about the horcruxes, the only things that can help him kill Voldemort. He must find all seven to defeat him once and for all. This is a journey all on its own. The final twist that Rowlings throws at her readers is that Harry, himself, must die to kill Voldemort.


Harry dying was a shocking part in the series but the resurrection was even more amazing. He is killed in the fight and turns the whole book around by waking up and unexpectedly fighting Voldemort to the finish. Harry comes out victorious and saves Hogwarts once and for all.

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Epic Heroes




usually said by civil servants between 1934 to 1945.

I swear: I will be faithful and obedient to the leader of the German empire and people, Adolf Hitler, to observe the law, and to conscientiously fulfil my official duties, so help me God!

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Pledges