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Dystopian Society In 1984 By George Orwell

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Imagine yourself in your room, doing activities you would normally do in private. No one to bother you, no worries on your mind. Now imagine that the entire the time someone was watching you. Before one can question privacy, one must define it. So, what really is privacy? In scholarly terms, the Oxford Dictionary defines privacy as, “a state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people.” The important context to take out of this definition is “state,” for privacy is simply a perception. Many authors have written works that question privacy; however, one of those authors wrote a classic that will be analyzed for years to come. As compared to today’s world, George Orwell’s dystopian society in 1984 seems as if it is an unachievable…show more content…
In reality, these two piece of technology are more similar than different. For example, people were terrified of Google Glasses because of the perception that someone was potentially recording them. Similarly, people avoided any prohibited actions when being watched by a telescreen. Google’s product, however, does not create the “terribly dangerous” fear that you cannot “let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place.” The fear that people bury so deep inside of them, I believe, is not necessarily the fact that people are being watched, it is the fear of the information other people have on them. When it comes to the information the government has on a person, in the United States, one has the right to know everything a government actor has on file on them via a Freedom of Information Act request. So, people somewhat have control over what the government knows; however, the main reason the public may have been afraid of Google’s product is because of the fact that they never know what people are doing behind those glasses. The answer to the question of privacy in the present society depends on one’s perspective. Some may say that the breach of privacy in society is at an extreme and should be reduced, while others may say we are at an appropriate balance of security and privacy. Although we are not quite at the level of extremity of 1984, the rapid advance of technology may, at any point, make it possible for a technology identical to a telescreen. At that point, if the government chooses to implement it, it will be up to the people to
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