“Big Brother is Watching You” (5). This humble phrase has become the foundation of the conspiracy theorists’ dialog. George Orwell may have written a warning novel in 1984, but there is little possibility that he could have predicted how close to reality his novel would truly develop. In the past 50 years, the world has become a much more dangerous place. Along with this danger has come a call for governments to do more to protect their citizens. This protection has changed over the years, but it has become more and more aggressive in order to protect the population from various so-called “threats”. Orwell introduces the reader to a future where the government monitors every citizen through a “telescreen”. These telescreens broadcast news and various governments sanctioned “facts” at all times, but they also, “Received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it” (6). These devices could also visually monitor Winston as long as he was within its field of vision.Obviously, in the late 1940’s, no such device actually occurred, but since then, governments have developed many other forms of electronic invasion into their citizen’s lives. The personal computer is vanishing. Computers once filled entire rooms, then sat in the private, moved to our desks, and now huddle in our pockets. Soon, the computer may become invisible to us, hiding away in everyday objects: In London today, there is a “ring of steel”, which was set up to protect the citizens from terrorist acts. This ring is really a system of cameras, which can zoom in on individual faces and recognize them from a database of millions of red-listed individuals. The Government also can tap into your…
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