1.Unfortunately what Orwell has predicted in “1984” can be seen as true in today’s society. Until yesterday I would have laughed if someone was to say that even today we are constantly being watched, yet from these articles I was forced to second guess myself. Orwell invisioned a world where the government monitors and watches over the population with a close eye, and today our government can be seen as doing the same. Our government has the ability to learn basically everything there is about us without us even knowing. There are systems and data basses that keep our pictures and fingerprints along with personal information together for police and any higher official to see. Even doing the research for this I found a site where just by entering someone’s name I could view where they live, if they have kids, or a job, and even their previous criminal records.There is no hiding your life nor living a private life anymore. The fact is that even if we don’t realize it we are being watched and it could be by people we don’t even know and have never met. Even google tracks us, and in cooperation with the government they can see exactly what we have been on and what we researched.Yes this can be seen as a good thing in order to monitor criminals but it is not just used for criminals. All of the things we do on the internet are recorded and left on there for anyone with general knowledge to discover. Where is the privacy in that? Simply there is not privacy prevalant in our society any more. Keepin all of this in mind it is easy to say that though we may not want to believe it, Orwell was right in his predictions on the future.
2. In “1984” even your thoughts are monitored, but how is that any different from now? We as curious people often search our thoughts online or even post or tweet them leaving it open to the public to view, and when saying public that means eveyone. We may not want to believe that the government isn’t listening to our thoughts yet with our modern technologies they posses the ability to do so. This quote by Orwell perfectly sums up what i am trying to say and it is “If you want to keep a secret, you use also hide it from yourself”. It shows how now a days anyone can learn your life and what you stand for and the only way to hide the truth is to also hide it from yourself. Whatever we search online is now recorded and will be there forever , and yet this is beyond our control. Since we are not able to control this and the government is, is this not a huge violation of privacy and a grim reminder of the oceanic world in “1984”? Now in Cleveland people trash cans could be forcedly watched with a chip to force people to recycle. This chip will watch and monitor homes to make sure recycling is being done properly. Once again there is a strong connection to “1984”, with the same thing being done by the telescreens constantly monitoring their every move. Now our cameras are so intelligent that they can even do things that most people can’t even do. Our cameras can recognize faces and even watch your movements and learn your daily routine. Whether or not this is for good or not if the government gets the notion they could turn these intelligent cameras against us and force us to live as every one in oceania. Though our world may not be exactly the same as Orwell imagined it, our government has already started to tighten its grip on humanity and our freedom, leaving Orwell’s prediction an inevitability.
3. Only being 17 years old I still have a lot of life left to to live and granted all of the technologies we already have its is hard to fathem what else there is still to come. Some colleges are already trying to use computerized systems to check where you are at any given time, making sure you are attending your classes. This big brother form of government takes our rights as adults to make our own decisions, along along with our freedom and privacy. Another one of these acts that could affect me is the fact that google tracks people’s history. I don’t have anything to hide yet i still do not feel comfortable with the fact that the government is able to find out so much about me and track me in such a way . These simple things make me realize just how much control the government has and makes me think twice when I’m looking into a webcam or taking a picture. Now even a random picture can be taken and kept by officials, even without our consent. How is this beneficial, and will it prevent me from committing a crime? The simple fact is that these little things are often not beneficial and are instead an invasion of our privacy as americans.