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T His Essay Is About George Orwell's 1984. It Answers The Question: Can What Happened In 1984 Happen Today? It Anaysalies The World Of 1984 And Our World Today.

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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 itspeople into believing anything it says. In today's world there are governments that try tocontrol all the aspects of its people lives. Even in "free", democratic countries thegovernment invades peoples' privacy and spreads propaganda. Many of the techniquesthat the Party uses to control its people are used by many governments today; because ofthis the dangers that Orwell warns of are very relevant today.As time continues our society becomes more technologically advanced and thismakes it easier and easier for our privacy to be invaded. In today's world there are manyways in which we are being watched by "Big Brother". There are now cameras that canbe disguised to look like clocks, smoke alarms, buttons, and mirrors. At work companiesmonitor what web sites their employees go on. Police use "wires" to go undercover andrecord confessions. Also peoples credit card, bank, and phone records are cataloged bytheir respective companies. All of these things are not currently used by the governmentto 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 asense these numbers have become our "identity" numbers. Any time you buy a house orcar, apply for a job, apply to a school, or go to a doctor you must use your social securitynumber. Also this number is needed when we buy guns, open bank accounts, apply forcredit cards, and open bank accounts. Almost every move we make is tracked by thisnumber and it is basically who we are.In 1984 there were no countries, just three super powers and disputed territory. Intoday's world there are several super powers and it seems that they are constantlyexpanding. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the US is slowly but surely expanding.Like the US, China is also trying to expand its sphere of influence. It has invadedThailand and occupies Vietnam and North Korea. Also Russia is once again beginning toexpand by moving slowly moving southward to the oil rich countries below it.In the "free country", America, the Patriot Act has just been passed. This actAllows,"Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazinesubscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Website you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic gradeyou receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book andevery event you attend - all these transactions and communicationswill go into what the Defense Department describes as a virtual,centralized grand database.". This is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Thiswill allow the government to keep tabs on every citizen. This is unfair and a violation ofone some of the many rights put in place to keep our society from becoming one of 1984.Many of the...

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