Privacy (sold data)
In the dystopian world of the Circle there are three main mottos: “sharing is caring”, “secrets are lies” and “privacy is theft”. Privacy is for most people in the globalized and digital world very important. Because of globalization there are many multinational companies which collect the private data of internet users and sell this information. The Circle sold and published the private data too and gained money. In our world those things happen too, as an example one could use “Alexa” a product by amazon, which not only helps one by memorizing someone’s shopping list or controlling everything digital in a house. It also listens to private conversations to get valuable private information to sell. The data can be used to send someone personalized advertisements which fit more to the user and will get clicked at. Not only companies steal data for earning money, with the right information elections and politicians can be manipulated or changed. E-Mails or phone calls from politicians, which contain illegal, disturbing content can be used to kick them out of an election or blackmail them.
Privacy (fake news)
Novel by George Orwell
- What is the `Big Brother´ effect?
All telescreens are always present and even have the capacity to analyze thoughts.
- Why do they call it ´Big Brother´/ What does ´Big Brother´ stand for?
It is a fictional character and symbol and also the leader of Oceania, a totalitarian state where he governs/rules over the inhabitants. The slogans of the party are:
-War is Peace
-Freedom is Slavery
-Ignorance is Strength
- What does `Big Brother´ symbolize in 1984?
He represents the government of Oceania, wich is controlled by one party. He is not literally a real person, but an invention created by this exact party, focused on the peoples feelings such as reverence and fear
- Is `Big Brother´ good or bad in 1984?
Due to his many devices of surveillance he is able to control the people and therefore manages to stay on top of his party. So he only wants the best for himself and his party (power and influence) which leads to the suppression and total control of the people living in Oceania.
- Why is 1984 a banned book?
It was banned and censored for being offensive and vulgar due to its language. The author has repeatedly been banned and challenged in the past for ist social and political themes.
- Is the show ´Big Brother´ based on the book 1984?
It simply took one aspect of the whole storyline, the idea that ´someone is watching you´which means that the viewers are watching the inhabitants of the show who voluntarily take part in this surveillance operation.
The TV show is an opportunity for talentless, self obsessed nobodies to complain about their hair..
- Is ´Big Brother` really watching us?
George Orwell wrote ´´ It was one of those pictures wich are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move´´ wich later on appears on posters and television cds as an political slogan
China’s social credit system
- Cameras record the chinese people in public, zooming in on their face and shaming them in public
- Things that are tracked: jaywalking, smoking on the train, buying too many video games, …
- If the credit score is too low: banned from buying plane tickets, renting a house, getting a loan, their kids aren’t allowed to go to private school
- No way to clear your credit score
The controversy of surveillance
|-Improve public safety|
-Reduce crime rate
-Help catch criminals
-Provide evidence and gather clues
-Brings convenience for everyday life People feel more save with cameras around them
-They are easily abused
-Public camera surveillance is expensive