Dystopian America

Topics: Mobile phone, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Totalitarianism Pages: 5 (663 words) Published: September 14, 2014


Dystopian America
Shaina Spears
St Georges Technical High School

Abstract

The dystopian novel, 1984 by George Orwell gives readers an insight into a frightening society, where authority figures are constantly watching you, waiting for you to make a mistake, and subsequently murdering you. My fear is that his predictions of future society will come true in America. The government is invading our privacy rights by controlling our cell phones unknowingly, through the National Security Agency. Also, law enforcement is becoming more and more brutal every year. Approximately five hundred American citizens are murdered by the police every year. The statistics continue to rise because citizens are not fighting back, it is our duty as American citizens to exercise our rights. These next pages compare the predictions in George Orwell’s novel, 1984 to modern society, it explains the ways in which the government is abusing us, and what we can do to stop them.

Dystopian America

Section I
Although the American government has not evolved into the totalitarian state described in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, American society is slowly adopting some ideas of the predicted government. The National Security Agency in modern society and “the Party” in 1984, do the same job. The telescreen “with its never-sleeping ear, could spy upon you night and day.” (Orwell, 1949) It was a two way television that could listen and watch everyone at any time. American citizens willingly carry around their own telescreens, and they pay extreme amounts of money for them. The NSA has complete control of citizen’s cell phones, and they are repeated giving up their freedoms. “The NSA’s ANT division develops implants for mobile phones and SIM cards. One of these is a spyware implant called “DROPOUTJEEP” designed for the first generation of iPhones which was still in development in 2008, shortly after the iPhone’s launch. This spyware was to make it possible to remotely download or upload files to a mobile phone. It would also, according to the catalog, allow the NSA to divert text messages, browse the user’s address book, intercept voicemails, activate the phone’s microphone and camera at will, determine the current cell site and the user’s current location. ANT’s technicians also develop modified mobile phones, for use in special cases that look like normal, standard devices, but transmit various pieces of information to the NSA — that can be swapped undetected with a target’s own mobile phone or passed to informants and agents. In 2008, ANT had models from Eastcom and Samsung on offer, and it has likely developed additional models since.” (Cook, J. 2013) Your privacy is entirely nonexistent in today’s society, the fifth amendment of the constitution, “Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause as determined by a neutral judge or magistrate.” (U.S. Congress, 1791) It is not repealed, it is however, ignored and unlawfully committed everyday by our government. In 1984, “The type of torture the Party employs is so intense that the people subjected to it are ready to betray anything and anyone in order to avoid it.” (Orwell, 1984) The police state today is expected to be protective of our rights, yet most of them cannot control their authority, and use brutality “In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489.” (Global Research)

Section III
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Section V

References
Orwell, G., & Fromm, E. (1949). 1984: a novel. New York, N.Y.: Signet Classic. (Orwell, 1949)
Cook, J. (2013, December 30). NSA has complete control of your iPhone, can activate your .... . Retrieved May 14, 2014, from...

References: Orwell, G., & Fromm, E. (1949). 1984: a novel. New York, N.Y.: Signet Classic.
(Orwell, 1949)
Cook, J. (2013, December 30). NSA has complete control of your iPhone, can activate your .... . Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://benswann.com/nsa-has-complete-control-of-your-iphone-can-activate-your-microphone-and-camera-without-you-knowing/
(Cook, J. 2013)
Increasing Police Brutality: Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War. (2013, December 14). Global Research. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://www.globalresearch.ca/increasing-police-brutality-americans-killed-by-cops-now-outnumber-americans-killed-in-iraq-war/5361554
(Global Research)
Roberts, Dr. C. (2011, February 4). Police Brutality in the USA: Americans, Too Are Oppressed. Global Research. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://www.globalresearch.ca/police-brutality-in-the-usa-americans-too-are-oppressed/23076
(Roberts, Dr. C. 2011)
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