‘1984’ Becomes Reality in 2013

Bill Harbin Jr By Bill Harbin Jr, 23rd Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/s1c5malg/
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Big Brother can be good or bad for the citizens of the United States in the future. Thought provoking facts are given here for you to ponder.

‘1984’ Becomes Reality in 2013

Sales of George Orwell’s book entitled 1984 have skyrocketed as the concept of what this book describes becomes reality in the year 2013. This book was written in 1949, fictionally predicts a government controlled life in 1984, and was required reading in my high school class in 1968. As a baby boomer I am part of a fortunate generation to see technology accelerate like never before. The downside of technology and how it can invade your life is described in this book.

He Loved Big Brother

The last sentence of 1984 says “He loved big brother”. This describes how we feel about our technology today. Most people love it. A cell phone allows you to take pictures or communicate anytime. GPS units allow us to make getting lost a thing of the past when traveling. Cameras protect us from bad guys.

The downside of these things we love is the invasion of our privacy. Rental cars have GPS units installed to charge extra if you cross a state line and your contract does not allow this. Cameras will capture your whereabouts during a private meeting.

What is Big Brother?

The book 1984 referenced signs under cameras that said ‘Big Brother is Watching”, which let people know the government was controlling them. I found it fascinating that people who planted the bomb at the Boston Marathon in 2013 were caught with cameras similar to this. This is good government work.

An example of bad government work is for the IRS to target certain groups because of their political choices. The same technology that gives us wonderful search engines can be used to pinpoint and even harass citizens based on facts and questions searchable and filed on a computer.

Is The Future With Technology Bad?

Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. If you decide to never use a computer or cell phone your privacy will be a bit more manageable. However, if you are assaulted in a public area having a cell phone to document the event or call for help can save your life.

Technology is here to stay. Citizens can help each other with these devices. If I were a criminal I would think twice before doing anything because somebody is probably watching with a camera. However, citizens do need to contact their legislators and put some controls on Big Brother’s actions against us.

This Video gives a summary of the book.


1984, 1984 Creator George Orwell, Big Brother, Government Control, Government Surveillance, Privacy

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Bill Harbin Jr is a freelance writer that had a book published in addition to hundreds of articles. His practical, down to earth advice can be used to find not only value, but perhaps a better life.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Jun 2014 (#)

It is a classic case of duality of creation. It is a fact that few also get more power to inflict damage with every advancement. Thought provoking share - siva

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author avatar snerfu
24th Jun 2014 (#)

Technology does have its downsides but overall we need progress. More importantly we need change. Good article.

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author avatar WOGIAM
24th Jun 2014 (#)

As much as I support technology, I fear at the way it is misused, sometimes I wisj for the old days when life was not so fast paced.

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