Orwell predicted our society in the future to be a ruled by an overbearing totalitarianism government that controls your mind and alters your thoughts to ensure power among themselves. He predicted that every move you make will be monitored by cameras put throughout the cities, towns, and even homes. He also had the idea that propaganda would overrun our cities streets and buildings, trying to remind us that we are always being watched, but we can rest easy knowing that we have security.
Today, our society is not as controlling as Orwell predicted, but there are some instances in our society that make us wonder, are we really being watched and are our minds really our own? We know that there are cameras that watch us in grocery stores or sometimes on the street outside of people’s houses in big cities, but are they really only being used for security reasons? There has been quite a dramatic growth in security cameras around college campuses and day care centers. We are getting more and more used to the fact that we are being watched. People are using computers and the internet more than ever and computers can be described as insecure communicating. We are faced with computer hackers and identity theft everyday and those crimes have become easier to commit. There is not much privacy anymore even though we try to convince ourselves that there is.
Orwell predicted that in the future, the government would try to manipulate our thoughts to make us agree with the things that they are trying to do to us. He predicted there would be “thought police” that arrest us for what we think about. Today we don’t have that, but who’s to say maybe a little bit in the farther future we won’t? Ever since 9/11 security around basically everywhere has gotten so much more advanced, almost to the point of just going too far. Computers can track where we are, what we talk about, and search so maybe our government will someday be able to read our thoughts then, try to manipulate them in order to keep it’s power. It’s a scary thought, but it could a possibility. It could only be a matter of time.