By reading the articles that have been provided to teach me about the privacy issues we face have opened my eyes. I never knew that Google kept track of everything that you have searched up. That is seriously disturbing. One thing most Americans are struggling with today is unemployment and now with the use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube many future employers can look at your profile and judge you based on what you say and do on your profile. In the article Meet the Big Brother Screening Your Social Media for Employers by Austin Carr, Carr states “employers are no longer just searching Google for information on applicants–they’re commissioning companies to do professional social media background checks.” Without any social media you might have a better chance for finding a job rather than having anything that deals with social media.
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Manipulation of Public Opinion
People use public manipulation by creating different kinds of commercials. For example you could have a commercial that gives you emotion or sexual attraction or even a problem and solution to show that it is just that easy to fix the problem at hand. While I was reading the article AdCracker (advertising techniques) I saw just how many ways a commercial can pull you in and manipulate you. Not only commercials can manipulate you though. Many political figures use manipulation to get you to vote for them and to see what they are wanting to do is the best for our country or state. If you read something about anything there is always a possible chance that some writer is trying to persuade you into believing something. There is really no way to avoid the manipulation at hand. Some of the manipulation can be for a good cause and could help someone or something but without the attention of the audience your cause is going to go no where.
After reading the articles and reading Orwell’s 1984 I can see how the privacy issues and manipulation are being portrayed in the book. For example, on the first page of the book (pg. 5) down at the bottom of the page, in all caps it says BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU and it goes on to describe how the eyes on the poster follow you wherever you go. With just this single simple statement someone can believe that they are actually being watched. With posters so intimidating as this, it makes people realize they can’t do anything or think anything wrong or they will be caught and punished. In the aspects of privacy the book goes to say “The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it; moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.(pg 6)” These few sentences just scream personal privacy destroyed. If you have to be watched all the time you might go insane thinking about all the things you can’t do because someone is watching you. There are so many different ways that 1984 displays the acts of privacy being disrupted and how government manipulation can change the course of time and how you perceive the past and the future.
Most, if not all the things I do in my everyday consist of some sort of technology. I always have my phone in my pocket, my IPod in my purse, and when I go into the library to type papers I sit at a computer with a camera that faces me. At any time during my day I could be being watched and that is crazy to think about. My personal privacy is well… personal, and i wish for it to stay that way and with all these new ways to look into someones life it makes it hard for me to believe my personal life is actually private. I know what most people would say and that would be if you want your life to stay private don’t put it out there for people to read on Facebook or Twitter and that is a very good answer to my problem by I believe that I have the right to post whatever I want, whenever I want and not be looked in to.
If I’m not on my phone, IPod, or computer I am watching TV. When I watch TV and a sad commercial about abused animals come on I have to either switch the channel or beg my mom to donate money to help the poor animals. This is a prime example of manipulation through emotion and it gets me every time. Almost every commercial I see is either wanting me to buy something or is showing me all these pictures and captioning’s and telling who is good and bad and what is a risk.
In the future if I don’t stop using my media source I can see myself not being hired for a job over something I put on Facebook or Twitter when I was a freshman. If the technologies just keep on getting better then everything we do no matter what it is will be watched. Many people try to record people doing outrageous things without them knowing for attention but sometimes it can become something more than a joke. With all the new technology we have and all the technology the generations to come will have the society as a whole has set themselves up for failure. We can’t necessarily stop the privacy issues and manipulation but we can try to shape the future for a better way to understand how to use the technologies at hand to help with the current issues.