1. After reading these articles it is hard to say if we are truly being watched or not. Obviously we are not being as openly watched as the people in 1984, but we are definitely being checked up on. For example employers and they way they check up on potential employees. Employers no longer do a simple google search to see if any bad things show up, they actually have professional companies that doing detailed searched for bad postings or behavior, no matter how long ago it was posted. The employers say they are taking it from the public domain, so it is not a privacy issue although it may feel that way. Ceo Max Drucker said “I think were moving toward where your online history is your resume.” Which is taking the finding a job process to a new level. Another thing I found to be crazy was the garbage cans in cleveland that are embedded with bar codes and radio frequency identification chips. These cans are literally watching and one person could be fined up to one hundred dollars for not recycling. I could see something like this happening in 1984. With technology advancing privacy as we know it will ultimately disappear. The google program called goggles is an example of this. This program allows people to take a picture and then search the internet for any matching photos. This is something that people should worry about, because if people can find photos of you then who knows what else they could do.
2. Although our government does not taking watchings us to the point of telescreens in every home watching your every move, they do watch us more than they make open. The government has watched in on phone calls and emails of groups they consider to be a possible threat to national security. They claim to be doing it to prevent us from a possible terrorist attacks although they have tapped into peoples emails that showed zero threat ever. This relates to the novel just like the way Big Brother is always watching, our government always will be able to pull up any information they want or need to know about anybody. This relates to the novel because it shows the control both governments really have. Both claim that it is for safety purposes but power seems to be the actual drive. Our government allows us to do whatever we want which is a difference from Big Brother, but they have similar aspects when you consider the way they watch and know information about people.
3. Privacy issues have an impact on today because everybody is always being watched. No matter if you want your life to be private or public people will always find a way to get information out in the public. With webcams and other various types of technology privacy is non existent. Something that really makes a huge impact today is the employers looking on social media sites for information for potential employees. One bad post and you can not get the job you wanted. This has a impact today and will always continue to be an impact in the future. As technology advances the way people can use social media for information and other various things will just continue to grow. These topics concerning privacy will always continue to get worse and worse to where privacy is nonexistent.