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The Pros and Cons of a Surveillance Society

1984, the science fictional dystopian novel, predicted a future where the government controlled and “edited” history, kept a 24 hour surveillance on everyone, and was constantly at “war.” This was a prediction of what the world would be like by 1984, based on how the communist ideas were spreading quickly.

Orwell was wrong that the communist regimes would lead to this kind of society. North Korea however is an exception. The actuality is that the capitalist countries are the ones increasing their surveillance because of the development of technology. Now, everything has a camera on it, from phones to video games to now eye glasses.

Surveillance is a good idea because it allows and has allowed the prevention of many terrorist attacks and help find the recent bombers on the east coast. Too much surveillance will lead to the depletion of privacy. Privacy is something many people respect, especially the media. If there were drones flying around the city, as the author claims, and telescreens were invented (wait, they haven’t been invented yet?) , then everyone would have to conform to the laws which is a good thing, but not under the respect of the law, but rather for fear of punishment.

I agree with surveillance outside in public places, however there should be no surveillance on anyone’s private property( said the media).

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One response to “The Pros and Cons of a Surveillance Society

  1. kerossell

    Good ideas Anish. And with surveillance in public places, even if you don’t know where you are, the government will.

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