Was Orwell Right About Future Life?
1. Here in the USA we value life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but we also value our privacy. Our federal law enforcement is steps from taking parts of that away from us and is also very near to achieving a primitive 1984 surveillance. With a new system proposed by the Federal Burro of Investigation (FBI) new biometric databases, potentially, the entire country will have a file in the Burro’s carbonate. With data sharing files from the FBI can make their way to the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Defense. This can all be accomplished by a new technology called facial recognition. Commonly used by local law enforcement to track “come back criminals”, photography taken by police will be scanned in to the FBI’s files. Along with mug shot’s your photo can be taken from street and security cameras, and your Facebook profile page (Ganeva Par. 9-10, 17, 21).
The pentagon is pushing a similar agenda, and is attempting to create a loop hole in the Privacy Act so their intelligence officers can gain access to FBI and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) files. “Backers say the measure is needed to strengthen investigations into terrorism or weapons of mass destruction” (Pincs Par. 3). Senator Ron Wyden states that “we are deputizing the military to spy on law abiding American citizens” (Pincus Par 4). The Pentagon, after proper legislation is passed, is close to acquiring access on American citizens that are in no way, shape, or form connected to terrorism or espionage of any kind, but will have them just to have them to guard against future, possible threats (Pincus Par. 5)
When we manipulate the truth, do we lose credibility? Not everything is just another brick in the wall, there is always an effect to the casual cause. Is one is known to be a lire, his stories, true or not lose credibility. The same goes with published photographs, as photographer Brien Walski discovered the hard way. “A twenty year veteran of the news business Walski was confronted and confessed to altering a photograph published in the LA Times. (Van Riper Par. 5).
Along with photographs the presidency is a manipulation. The running joke is that you must lie to become president because that is the only way for people to vote for you. This is true and not so true, colorful slogans help (Ex: “I want change” Obama 2008). But it does seem that most of what the candidates say is stretched truths, not necessarily lies. Congress is the body that ultimately decides to pass legislation for one reason or another, so in a way, all the president does is suggest legislation and congress decidedness its fate. So in a way our government is controlled by a party, although it is divided and shows evidence of self interest. So the president is not to blame although we like to blame him anyway. So the answer is yes, if you do manipulate you do lose interest.
2. Big Brother is watching you (Orwell Pg. 5). Nothing can explain the novel better than these five words. Although today isn’t as bad as it would be in the 1984 dystopia, were almost there though. It is unknown to tell when the government would choose to watch you, so you always had to assume you were being watched. A classic insolent is when Winston was partaking in daily exercises and the instructress on the screen yelled “Smith….6072 Smith W! Yes, you! Bend lower” (Orwell Pg. 33-34). Also when they were in the shop and the hidden teliscreen appeared from behind the picture and proclaimed, “You are the Dead” (Orwell Pg. 182) and the government commandos arrested Winston and Julia. Like today you will never know when you are being watched in Orwell’s dystopia.
As for the manipulation, it is unclear what is truth and what is not, and the concept of doublethink kills any attempt to distinguish the two. For example when Winston, Parsons and Syme were in the pub the teliscreen announced that “Big Brother has raised the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week” (Orwell Pg. 51) Winston knew that this fact was false but everyone else “Swallowed it easily, with the stupidity of an animal” (Orwell Pg. 51). Even during hate week when the war turned sides, a riot was avoided when Goldsmith was blamed for the foul up and people swallowed that to.
3. As for real life this new concept of government watching you in the world today is unnerving to me. I don’t like being spied on and don’t do it intern without good reason. However with the pentagon looking for new inelegance members for “Home front protection” that person may be me. Perhaps not the one behind the computer all the time, but I could kick down your door. Looking at the situation active duty personnel have enough troubles, the ones they can pin this job on are the reserves, the branch I am temporarily entering wile in college. Even more frightening I may have the roll of O’Brian and become the interrogator, due to a job I qualify for being physiological interrogation. I can’t see what would be worse, me kicking in your door or me getting in your head.
This, if it keeps going the way it’s going, could affect me in the long run more, maybe, than those around me. Since I would be under orders and deputized “there is to reason why but there is to do and die” meaning that I will be given orders and it supersedes everything including, friends/ neighbors, relations, and beliefs. While I’m in I don’t want to get “Red Taped” and at the same time I don’t want to cause harm to the few friends I have left.