George Orwell's novel, 1984 is about a distopian future in which the government,
the Party, controls every aspect of its people's lives. The government brainwashes its
people into believing anything it says. In today's world there are governments that try to
control all the aspects of its people lives. Even in "free", democratic countries the
government invades peoples' privacy and spreads propaganda. Many of the techniques
that the Party uses to control its people are used by many governments today; because of
this the dangers that Orwell warns of are very relevant today.
As time continues our society becomes more technologically advanced and this
makes it easier and easier for our privacy to be invaded. In today's world there are many
ways in which we are being watched by "Big Brother". There are now cameras that can
be disguised to look like clocks, smoke alarms, buttons, and mirrors. At work companies
monitor what web sites their employees go on.
Police use "wires" to go undercover and
record confessions. Also peoples credit card, bank, and phone records are cataloged by
their respective companies. All of these things are not currently used by the government
to keep a watch on us but they easily could be.
In 1984 people were given identity numbers and were referred to by this number.
That is like the social security numbers that are currently in use today in America. In a
sense these numbers have become our "identity" numbers. Any time you buy a house or
car, apply for a job, apply to a school, or go to a doctor you must use your social security
number. Also this number is needed when we buy guns, open bank accounts, apply for
credit cards, and open bank accounts. Almost every move we make is tracked by this...