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Dangers of Big Brother

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The dangers of surveillance is evident from the fourth amendment which states, “The United States Constitution protects against unreasonable search and seizures and mandates that warrants be based on probable cause to George Orwell’s, Nineteen Eighty-four. As American’s we have rights to our privacy and the government should not interfere with this right. It is unfortunate that due to all the digital technologies that are available to us we have put our society at risk of exposing our personal lives. We have created detailed records of our every move. In addition, our government has instilled a fear in us because of terror attacks that have been placed on our country and have been trying to convince us that they need to acquire information on our comings and goings to keep us safe.

This has allowed our government to build a massive data centers with the soul purpose of storing as much information that they can to analysis and decrypt for their personal use.

This type of surveillance or “Big Brother” is harmful to our society because it interferes with our civil liberties, these are the basic rights that are guaranteed to the citizens of the United States. These civil liberties gives us the freedom of expression, speech and the right to make up our own minds without fear of being judged. Another issue that Big Brother brings up is the relationship of the person or government who is watching and the person who is being watched. This can lead to problems like discrimination, witch hunts, unnecessary investigations etc..

Lastly, we must recognize that secret surveillance or Big Brother is illegal. It is just not acceptable to have a government watch the Internet without authorization it is against the Constitution and threatens our democracy as a whole.

In the novel “1984” by George Orwell the main character Winston Smith is affected by the caption Big Brother is Watching You. You see a character whose greatest pleasure is his work. He enjoys his writing. The problem throughout the story is language is becoming extinct. Newspeak continues to destroy words so that it will become impossible to commit “Thought-crime”. This leads to limited memory skills. Winston starts to become paranoid because he is still able to remember events and questions how the rest of society is becoming brainwashed. He realizes as society is becoming brainwashed by being told to reject the evidence that



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