We 're Living ' 1984 ' Today By George Orwell

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“We’re living ‘1984’ today” is the title of a CNN article written in 2003 as well as other numerous other articles discussing whether the predictions made by George Orwell in his novel 1984 have materialized into today’s world. Not only has Orwell predicted the advancements in advancements in surveillance, but also how governments today have been able to manipulate the press as well as the youth. In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, George Orwell warns us about how governments will revoke the privacy rights of humans to provide security, control the press and language to ensure a lack of rebellion, manipulate the minds of children in order to create a new generation of followers. Orwell’s prediction of digital surveillance is one of the biggest issues that is discussed today as the increased amount of surveillance in countries, which creates a lack of privacy for the citizens. One scholar of George Orwell says, “Orwell say way ahead of his time that surveillance was a constant threat. When you’ve lost your privacy to a government that says it’s only thinking of your safety, you’ve lost something previous” (qtd. in Gelt 2). The novel starts out with the very well known quote of “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU,” (2). The concept of Big Brother is that the government is constantly watching over the people to make sure there is no attack on the Party and/or the Party’s interests. Big Brother uses resources such as surveillance helicopters (13) to peer into the rooms of the apartments
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