1. These articles that we have had the chance to read are very interesting. The articles spoke of how people are constantly being watched one way or another. Some people are watched for safety reasons, such as being in the hospital for serious medical conditions or being watched in prison to make sure fights don’t break out. Instances like this are probably good for today’s society, but then you have people being looked at through their social media profiles. These networks are looked upon when people go to college or when they go to receive jobs and the employers have been known for firing employees because of this. In the article, Meet the Big Brother Screening Your Social Media for Employers, it was said that “Some 8% of companies have already fired social media miscreants” (par 3). The employers do this because of how hard jobs are to find. Some people take advantage of using the technology we have today for purposes that aren’t that serious or for reasons that are completely irrelevant to life itself. People are spied on because of jobs, fear of terrorism, or even just for the fun of it to another human being. The only way these articles show helpful ways of monitoring humans is for medical reasons because it would help save people’s lives. Even on Google, they keep a history tracker of everything you have ever searched for or done and store all the information you have ever put on there, just in case you are suspected of a crime or have committed one. There are also problems with the GPS systems on phones and pictures that are put online. They can give exact locations of where the photos were taken and even give your address.
This first link is a perfect example of how the GPS system on pictures work and on your phone.
There are ways to stop the GPS tracking and locating addresses from pictures. Go to this second link and it will tell you how.
2. Some of these topics relate to the novel, such as when people are monitored by their reactions. In the article, Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You, “The software, Ms. Kaliouby said, allows for continuous, objective measurement of viewers’ response” (par 31). In 1984, Big Brother would watch to see how the people of Oceania reacted to things and could tell by watching the looks the people would make. Winston would say he had to be careful about the looks he made because Big Brother would know something was going on. A man and woman couldn’t even look at one another or speak without suspicion being produced. More wrote, “As they drifted down the crowded pavements, not quite abreast and never looking at one another, they carried on a curious, intermittent conversation[..]”(107). Winston knew it was unacceptable to look and speak to another woman that wasn’t his wife and their reactions to one another would give too much reason for Big Brother to suspect things. Most things you do on the internet, you would think would just disappear, but that’s not true. Like 1984, Google keeps record of everything you do. People may not think it’s there, or think that it just goes away after you have been away from it for so long, but it doesn’t go anywhere. Just like the book, even if you forget it, it remains there until someone else says it doesn’t belong there anymore.
3. I think that these different instances of privacy being violated and all our information being stored has a huge impact on us. Plus the fact that different employers check on your facebook and twitter accounts to find out the type of person you are is probably the hugest impact there is on us today. It is scary to know that Google has records of everything you do and have ever done because of precaution to crime. It isn’t necessary to keep record of everything people do. Leslie Walker said in her article, Forgot What You Searched For? Google Didn’t, “Clicking on ‘Nov. 3’ produces a page listing all 27 queries I submitted while signed into Google that day. I’m not sure I’d want the government to see the ones on ‘panties’ and ‘underpants’” (par 10). She makes it clear that there some things the government shouldn’t keep track of because some of it can be personal to the people they are tracking.
On the other hand, the future could be better for the people if the government would focus more on the good things they could be doing to help benefit society. The mirrors that track patients and can read their bodies to make sure their levels are all good is a great idea. Also for the machines that would watch you when you get ready to leave the bathroom and remind you to wash your hands would be a great idea to help push the issue of personal hygiene. When the government wants to do things to benefit society, rather than go against society and turn us against it, is a better idea. They will progress easier if they would work with us rather than against us. The government would rather focus on the negative things than the positive things they could help us with.