George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four and its relevance to society today

George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-four discussed a main idea that nothing can be private. It showed people what society would be like if there was surveillance on you all the time. By representing this idea there was a character called Big Brother who always kept note of where you are.

This novel reflects the question in today’s society; Should we prioritize surveillance or privacy? Some may argue that having more surveillance increases the idea of safety and others say that more surveillance is completely taking away from privacy. It is hard to find a happy medium of having both surveillance and privacy at the same time.

Big brother still plays a huge part in our society today for example, people advocate for open internet, but are reluctant to share their data with big social media companies like Facebook.

Quotes from the novel that reflect surveillance and privacy:

“Big Brother is watching you.”

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” 

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