Sunday, April 2, 2017
1984 and its predictions that are slowly becoming true-Section 8
The book 1984 was written by George Orwell and published on June the 8th, 1949. The basic premise of this book is that the party that controls the government sees everything that everybody does. The look in through telescreens and all the people can see is the leader, known as Big Brother. If you were to go back in time to when this books was written and tell someone that something eerily similar to this would eventually become a terrifying reality, they would look at you as if you were crazy. Sadly, the premise of this book is slowly starting to become a reality.
Less than a week ago, the Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it so that private corporations could sell your private information and internet browser history to the highest bidder without your knowledge or consent. The only thing that stands between this bill becoming law is our president Donald Trump. If he signs it, the bill becomes a law. If, for whatever reason, President Trump decides to not sign it, it will go back to the Senate and House of Representatives. Sadly, President Trump has already stated that he plans on signing this bill.
Why did the Senate and House of Representatives decide to pass a bill that was obviously bad for the American people? The answer is simple. Money. An article written by Kevin Collier for Vocativ.com says that “they (the internet providers) gave a total of at least $1,726,288 to those 22 senators — an average of more than half a million dollars per election cycle.” It is sad that we live in a time where the people that we elect to represent our best interest are willing to sell us out for an average of $78,467 per senator that was paid.
The only reason this bill was passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives is because of lobbying. Lobbying done by private companies is almost always done to pass bills that hurt, not help, the American people. I believe that a bill should be passed that would make lobbying illegal for private companies.
It is absolutely insane that George Orwell was able to write a story over half a century ago that is now becoming fact. The fact that he took what at the time was probably thought of as an outlandish and scary idea of a dystopian future and have it turn out to be kind of true is crazy. I wonder if George Orwell saw the technologies that were being developed at the time and knew that they would eventually be used for an invasion of privacy.
Back in January, the book had a huge resurgence in popularity after the new president took office. It rose to the top of the best-sellers list to the surprise of many. Companies started ordering as many copies as they could get their hands on and the publisher even considered doing another reprint. It is almost as if everybody knew that the new people in power would make the book a reality.
In conclusion, the book 1984 was written at a time where the story was looked at as an impossible dystopian future. Now however, with the scary new bill being passed in both the Senate and House of Representatives, the dystopian future is starting to look like a dystopian present.
Collier, Kevin. “Senators Fighting Online Privacy Rules Take Money From Industry.” Vocative.com, 22 Mar. 2017, http://www.vocativ.com/411479/senators-online-privacy- money/.