Surveillance In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four 1984

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In the novel, the author forms of surveillance are having the party itself watch all the citizens in Oceania for any signs of rebellion or thought crime. Thought crime is thinking whatever the thought police and the party appear as illegal. For example, Winston continually looks around during the Two Minute Hate and checks the crowd to see if anyone is against Big Brother like he is. This is where he thinks O'Brien is against the whole Party thing, and where he repeatedly finds himself staring at Julia before they officially meet. Julia's passing the note to Winston is also thought crime. It proves that she has been "thinking" for a while about having a relationship outside of the Party which is forbidden. Therefore, the affair she and Winston …show more content…
Since the party consistently watches all its citizens, they try their best to appear kind and concerned instead of appearing rude and invasive. One of the most important ways that the Party keeps citizens under surveillance is through the telescreens. They are found in all rooms which belongs to the Party members, and in public places. It is possible that the thought police watch all the telescreens the whole time. Outer Party members can dim the sound and picture coming from their telescreen, but the screen can never be turned off. Only senior members of the Inner Party have the power to turn off the telescreen, but can only do so for short periods of time. Our modern society has become dependent upon technology. This technology is developed to make our lives easier, more efficient, and to encourage communication. Our society craves the latest technological trends and Internet crazes. We’ve become addicted to an object that promises us a bigger, better, and brighter future. Although technology appears to have made our lives easier, they are however run and funded by the