1984-Is There Privacy?
In 1984 George Orwell describes how no matter where you go in Oceania there is
a telescreen right there watching you. Everything you do say or sometimes even think,
Big Brother will know. 1984 was written in 1949 and Orwell hinted at technology which
never even existed. Perhaps he saw it coming because of how popular the television was
becoming. There are many ideas in this novel that Orwell predicts. Some came true in
1984, some did not, but today in United States there is an issue of privacy similar to the
one that is described in 1984. Of course technology didn't develop exactly the way
Orwell predicted it would, but he wasn't too far off.
In Oceania, Big Brother was in control. No …show more content…
As Gleick mentions in his essay, "Telephone regulatory commissions have listed
arguments that people have a right to remain anonymous, hiding their own numbers when
placing telephone calls" (362). It is true that you can protect yourself by hiding your own
number and by having people show their numbers if they want to call you. But it once
again comes back to the fact that there's always a way around that to infringe on your
privacy. There are decrypting devices that can unmask your number. Telemarketers are
always calling to offer you something, and it always surprises me because they always
offer me something that I either already have or might need. How much of our personal
information is out there, how much do people have on us piled somewhere ready to be
looked through? If I want to talk to a company to which I am subscribed, I must first tell
them my name, where I live, my phone number and only then will they believe who I am.
And we do give out this information without a problem. We have to wonder at whose
fingertips is this information and what really stops them from selling it to someone else.
This doesn't make me feel safe