Essay on George Orwell’s 1984 and the National Security Agency (NSA)

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Mass surveillance is a word that has been thrown around every so often in the last few decades, especially ever since George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Although this book was released over 60 years ago, some aspects of the book are seeming to become true in the United States, and other parts of the world today. The idea of mass surveillance isn’t so taboo anymore, as there are several programs ran by sovereign countries around the world which monitor their domestic citizens, as well as citizens and leaders of other foreign countries. With all of our technological communication advances since 1949, this age of information is only going to get more severe, and more tracking and monitoring will be done. The biggest offender of doing …show more content…

Nineteen Eighty-Four takes place in the year 1984, in a dystopian state (“an imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror” (My Free Dictionary)), named Oceania. In this state, the people are always monitored by an all seeing, omniscient leader named Big Brother. The main protagonists name is Winston Smith, and he is a low-ranking member of the party that is in charge of Oceania. In this state, even the thoughts of their own citizens can be monitored, and thinking rebellious thoughts is the worst crime of all, known as thoughtcrime. All the while this is going on, Winston hates the party and is a thoughtcriminal. Eventually he meets our other main character, Julia; who one day wrote “I LOVE YOU” on a note and handed it to him. Like Winston, Julia was a thoughtcriminal too, and they then continued onto a love affair, which the thoughtpolice was aware of the entire time.
Continuing on, there is a party member by the name of O’Brien who interests Winston, because he thinks that O’Brien is in a group named, “The Brotherhood,” which is an organization that secretly opposes the ruling party. Eventually, O’Brien talks to Winston gives him a book which was written by Emmanuel Goldstein; a former top member of the party and the man who started The Brotherhood. In the book, they are supposedly supposed to learn the how and why of the revolution. O’Brien then tells Winston that he is,

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