1984 Current Event Essay

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Bob Dylan once said that “No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.”
The lack of freedom in George Orwell’s 1984 is directly tied to this quote, as he depicts a dystopian world where there is no freedom and citizens are constantly being brainwashed through technology, leaving people unsure of their own rights and beliefs. In our world today, the same problem is occurring involving the media, and the power the government and NSA has in invading one’s privacy and thoughts through it. George Orwell's 1984 is a frightening warning about an emerging totalitarian society, a world that is dangerously close to our own, perhaps nowhere closer than in the role the media plays in ...view middle of the document...

The current issue of being unaware of their certainty of privacy while using social media goes hand in hand with 1984. The NSA and the Party are both using technology and their overall power to spy on other’s. Winston, or a person being watched by the NSA aren’t given a choice about their lack of privacy and personal information being shared, yet the government is still continuing to do so no matter what rights you believe you should be given.

In addition to the lack of personal space in one’s life, there are many possible factors as to why people are uncomfortable with what the NSA is doing. The Guardian writes from a FOX News article titled “NSA targeting Angry Birds, Google Maps to Gather Data” that “some apps can share users most sensitive information” continuing to include one’s sexual orientation, marital status, or other personal preferences. Not being aware of this makes others question the need for something like your sexual preference or age. Why does the NSA need this information when one is simply playing a game or browsing the internet? Although the NSA is saying...

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