1984: Is Our Technology Taking Us Closer To The World Of Big Brother? English 92 Spring (12th) Essay

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Valerie Sanchez
Mr. Wallace
English 92, Period 6
10 May 2018
Is our technology taking us closer to the world of Big Brother?
It’s 2018. Our lives revolve around technology whether we like it or not. Everything from
our personal phones to the complexity of Nanotechnology, the majority of today’s civilization
cannot function without it. Just like in ​1984​, written by George Orwell, these technological
advances are invading our privacy more each and every day. Updates on phone applications
(apps) now ask for more permissions, such as having access to your: camera, microphone, and
location. Our every move is monitored through our personal devices, bringing us closer to the
world of Big Brother.
I​n Oceania, the fictional nation in the novel ​1984​, written by George Orwell, Big Brother,
a.ka. the government has ultimate power over all of its citizens, which we can clearly pick up at
the beginning of the story. Orwell writes, ​"In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down
between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving
flight. It was the police patrol, snooping into people's windows.” Big Brother takes any kind of
privacy away from its citizens. ​Although our government doesn’t take such drastic measures,
they are still getting involved in our everyday lives​. ​According the the Center of Democracy and
Technology, the National Security Agency (NSA) is recording the telephone metadata from
every single person in the U.S. Even if you aren’t doing anything inappropriate, the NSA
continues to work alongside cellular companies so that may have access any text message or
phone call at any time for any date. Worst of all, is that there have been reports of the NSA using
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their power to track what activities you do when going out​. ​This is why Peter Maass and ​Megha
Rajagopalan​, authors of, ​That's no phone. That’s my Tracker​, write about the misconception of
cellphones. ​Peter Maass and Megha Rajagopalan ​get real when they say, “Cellular systems
constantly check and record the location of all phones on their networks – and this data is
particularly treasured by police departments and online advertisers”. Nearly all apps that I have
used ask for either permission to: my camera, my microphone, or my location. It’s become a
norm for all popular apps to know where their users are at all times, even if we’re not currently
using their services. They all hide behind the lie of using our information to “enhance” our
experience. But once you allow any of the permissions they want, they send your information,
such as your recent search history, to online advertisers. It’s really no puzzle getting a sense of
what each individual likes based on what they search on their phones. And if we do everything
but make phone calls on our phone, which is supposed to be it’s primary usage, then they might
as well be called trackers.
We might not be in the world of Big Brother yet, but we are certainly being...

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