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Loss of Privacy in 1984
Transcript of Loss of Privacy in 1984
"Big Brother is watching you"
Is Big Brother an actual person? Telescreens Metal plaque that looks like a dulled mirror
Acts as a television, a camera, and a listening device for the Party
Can only be turned off by Inner Party members Thought Police Inner Party members who seek out those against the Party
Spies, helicopters, telescreens Child Spies Lack of Written Law Thoughtcrime Unspoken rules
No official courts, trials, or rule books
All citizens know how they are expected to behave and the consequences for misbehaving Thinking against the Party, having misgivings about the Party, doubting Big Brother, or questioning any Party action or "fact"
"Thoughtcrime does not entail death, Thoughtcrime is death.... The essential crime that contains all others in itself" (28). Youth League: similar to the "Hitler Youth"
Encourages children to spy on and report elders, including their parents
Parsons children How would you define privacy? What does it look like? Where can it be found? How many of you feel that your privacy has been compromised in some way? How many of you have an email account? Now, keep your hand raised if your inbox is constantly flooded with spam and junk mail. Giving your email to the wrong website will almost always lead to spam. Also, if you have a box-set cable provider, the shows you watch are recorded by your cable box. How many of you own store loyalty cards? In order to obtain these cards, a person must exchange their name, telephone number, and address. Do the benefits outweight the costs? How many of you own an iPhone? Your iPhone sends its location data to Apple to be kept in their database. This information is used to improve product offerings based on your location. Location signals are regularly sent to your service provider so that they can send you your calls and text messages. How many of you have ever ordered a pizza? How many of you have ever received a call from a telemarketer on the same phone you have used to order that pizza? There are several companies that are commericial data brokers. This means that they make a living out of selling "unlisted" numbers that they have compiled from various sources. How many of you have a Facebook account? We voluntarily post our personal pictures and thoughts on Facebook for everyone to see. Facebook uses your data to show you advertisements they believe you will find more interesting. They have the right to do this, as it was mentioned in their Terms and Conditions. Now after having heard all that, how many of you feel that your privacy has been compromised in some way, or feel that your loss of privacy extends farther than you thought it did? What information did you find to be particularly shocking, or what did you learn about your own personal privacy?