Aspects of 1984 in the United States & Other Countries Throughout the WorldTable of Contents

Examples in the United States--First Column
Examples Throughout the World--Second Column

1.) Censorship through Google
1.) Dividing North Korean Citizens into Castes
2.) Banned Books by Authorities
2.) China Monitoring Internet
3.) Kindle Getting Rid of Orwell Books
3.) Banning Google and YouTube
4.) Macy's Evading Privacy in Dressing Rooms
4.) Chinese Working Conditions
5.) Who Can Listen in on Your Phone Calls?
5.) North Korea's Media Control
6.) Surveillance Cameras on Private Property
6.) Surveillance Cameras in Great Britian
7.) Hidden Cameras in Starbucks
7.) Sex Education inThailand
8.) The Pledge of Allegiance
8.) No Divorce in the Philippines
9.) Surveillance Through Social Media
9.) North Korea-Complete Totalitarian Country
10.) Hidden Bathroom Cameras in Walmart
10.) Forcing Women to Have Abortions in China
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US #1--Censorship Through Google
The U.S. government asked Google for data on its users more than 31,000 times in 2012 alone. The government rarely obtained a search warrant first and Google recently revealed in nearly all cases, the company ended up turning over at least some information and data. The U.S. government continues to conduct warrantless online searches thanks to outdated laws such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 and other regulations protecting copyrighted materials. This leads up to U.S. authorities increasingly looking at private online communications, even without any oversight by a judge. Google says it has seen a 70% increase in requests from authorities for information about its users, information which includes private emails and search data. This is similar to what the Oceanian government is doing to its citizens, invading people's personal privacy.

US #2--Banned Books by Authorities
These are some examples of books that were banned from the United States at certain times throughout history. Ulysses by James Joyce was selected by the Modern Library as the best novel of the 20th century, and has received wide praise from other literature scholars, including those who have defended online censorship. Ulysses was banned from the United States as obscene for 15 years, and was seized by U.S Postal Authorities in 1918 and 1930. The lifting of the ban in 1933 came only after advocates fought for the right to publish the book. In 1930, U.S Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, Voltaire's critically hailed satire which claimed obscenity. Two Harvard professors defended the work, and it was later admitted in a different addition. At one time, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Boccaccio's Decameron, Defoe's Moll Flanders, and editions of The Arabian Nights were all banned for decades from the U.S mails under the Comstock Law of 1873, officially known as the Federal Anti-Obscenity Act. The law banned "indecent", "filthy", or "obscene" materials in the government's eyes. The Oceanian government would get rid of any reading materials they felt were not suitable for the public to read or hear about as well.

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US #3--Kindle Getting Rid of Orwell Books
In George Orwell's "1984," government censors erase all traces of news articles embarrassing to Big Brother by sending them down the "memory hole." In 2009, "1984" and another Orwell book "Animal Farm," were dropped down the memory hole by Amazon remotely deleted some digital editions of the books from the Kindle devices of readers who had bought them. Digital books bought for the Kindle are sent over a wireless network. Amazon can also use the network to synchronize electronic books between devices, and apparently make them vanish. It seemed as if whatever the Oceanian government didn't like, it just "vanished," like the Kindle books.

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US #4--Macy's Evading Privacy in Dressing Rooms
While most dressing rooms seem to be going in a high-tech direction, Macy's is apparently going low-tech with simple prying eyes. News stations in both Orlando and Tampa Bay have reported that local Macy's stores have been installing dressing room doors upside down so the horizontal slat openings alow outsiders to get a full view inside. The "dirty little secret of Macy's fitting rooms" was revealed by a former employee who specializes in customer theft. He told reporters that he has never seen this kind of invasion of privacy before. Major similarity- NO privacy in Macy's fitting rooms, NO privacy in Oceania.

US #5--Who Can Listen in on Your Phone Calls?
Anyone who has/uses a cellphone, watch out! The FBI can listen to everything you say even when the cell phone is turned off. The FBI also has the ability from a remote location to activate a cell phone and turn its microphone into a listening device that transmits to an FBI listening post. Experts say the only to defeat it is to remove the cell phone battery. The FBI can access cell phones and modify them remotely without ever having to physically handle them. Any recently manufactored cell phone has a built-in tracking device, which can allow eavesdroppers to pinpoint someone's location to within just a few feet. The FBI can monitor cell phone conversations like the Oceanian government monitors any, if any technological communication in society.

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US #6--Surveillance Cameras on Private Property
A federal judge undermined the Constitution in a disturbing fashion, by allowing police to install hidden surveillance cameras on private property wiout obtaining a search warrant. This is especially troubling since the federal government has conducted more warrantless surveillance over the past two years than the entire previous decade. The ugly reality is that legal precedents reinforce the constant erosion of our most essential rights. So long as judges continue to support the consistent undermining of our Constitutional rights, this disturbing trend will undoubtedly continue and will likely get significantly worse. Oceanian life was under complete surveillance, like hidden cameras on private property.

Man Sues Starbucks Over Hidden Camera in Bathroom
Man Sues Starbucks Over Hidden Camera in Bathroom

US #7--Hidden Cameras in Starbucks
Locations in Florida, California, and Connecticut were all hit by creepy hidden cameras in their restrooms. Also, a man from D.C. is suing Starbucks after a hidden camera was found in the bathroom he used. The camera was a small, Coby brand digital camera, planted in the drainpipe. The lens of the camera was pointed towards the toilet. It's sad to think that people can't even have privacy when going to the bathroom. Citizens of Oceania didn't have privacy in the bathroom, as well as people in today's society.

US #8--The Pledge of Allegiance
Americans overwhelmingly want the phrase "under God" preserved in the Pledge of Allegiance. About 9 of 10 people said the reference to God belongs in the pledge. Faced again with where to draw the line between church and state, the Supreme Court was hearing arguments dealing with the phrase "under God" in classrooms. The question put to the Supreme Court: Does the use of the pledge in public schools violate the Constitution's ban on government established religion? People of Oceania were forced to say whatever the government wanted them to. This concept kind of applys to the pledge, dealing with the controversial phrase "under God".

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US #9--Surveillance Through Social Media
If you are a user of Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, YouTube, Craigslist, or another popular site, the U.S. security state is watching you. An increasing number of federal agencies are employing sophisticated means to monitor Americans' use of social networking sites. Federal entities from the National Security Agency and the Defense Department are involved in developing programs to track the American public online. The government or "Big Brother" is always watching over you.


US #10--Hidden Bathroom Cameras in Walmart
Former Walmart employees are suing the retail giant for installing a surveillance camera in a bathroom used by employees and customers. Some states explicitly prohibit the installation of cameras in bathrooms, changing rooms and other areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. But even without an explicit law prohibiting such monitoring, state laws can be invoked to protect the privacy of employees in cases where privacy is expected. People can't even go to the bathroom without being watched, in both Oceania and America.

A hereditary caste-based system under which North Korea ranks its citizens based on their family political background has long underpinned the country's human rights abuses, a new study claims.
A hereditary caste-based system under which North Korea ranks its citizens based on their family political background has long underpinned the country's human rights abuses, a new study claims.

World Ex. #1--Dividing North Korean Citizens into Castes
A heriditary caste-based system under which North Korea ranks its citizens based on their family political background has long underpinned the country's human rights. North Korean citizens are labeled as "loyal," "wavering," or "hostile." This system has largely escaped notice from the United Nations, including vast camps of political prisoners, public executions, and extreme information controls. Every North Korean citizen is assigned a heredity-based class and socio-political rank over which the individual excercises no control, but which determines all aspects of his or her life. It's estimated that 28% of North Koreans are classified as loyal, 45% as wavering, and 275 as hostile. The grim reality of North Korea is that this system creates a form of slave labor for almost a third of its population. Like North Korea, Oceania is divided imto three different classes of people, the Inner Party, Outer Party, and the Proles.

File photo of free internet service at Beijing airport
File photo of free internet service at Beijing airport

World Ex. #2--China Monitoring Internet
Hundreds of millions of people in China use the internet, although its content is closely monitored by the authorities. China has tightened its rules on internet usage to enforce a previous requirement that users fully identify themselves to service providers. Critics believe the government is trying to limit freedom of speech because China's new leadership views the internet as a threat. The Chinese authorities closely monitor internet content that crosses its borders and regularly block sensitive stories. The Inner Party and the Chinese government fear technology and how it could influence their length of power.

World Ex. #3--Banning Google and YouTube
Thailand, Turkey, and Iran have restricted the access to Google and Youtube throughout their countries. Google and Gmail became unavailable throughout the countries asa well as other websites all around the world. People should be allowed to express themsleves and use the searching engines they want. These governments were trying to gain more power over their citizens by limiting their freedom of expression and speech. The Oceanian government did the same thing, limiting what its citizens could hear, read, or watch about in society.

World Ex. #4--Chinese Working Conditions
Several reports have been released regarding working conditions in Chinese factories that manufacture products popular in the US like laptops, iPhones, ipads, and cordless phones. Reports document excessive overtime, crowded and unsafe working and living conditions, underage workers, and unpaid wages. Chinese workers also do not have the right to organize into independent unions and state controlled unions do little to represent ther workers.

Kim Jong-Un, son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, visiting the construction site of a power station in Jagang Province, North Korea
Kim Jong-Un, son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, visiting the construction site of a power station in Jagang Province, North Korea
World Ex. #5--North Korea's Media Control
North Korean media control is among one of the most tightly controlled in the world. North Korea's economic hardships and famines are not reported to the public, which is instead informed of technological advances as a result of the leader's revolutionary thinking. The North Korean leaders want to look the best to the population, so that they will stay in power as long as possible. That's why they do not tell the general public about hardships throughout the country. The Inner Party used this same tactic. They made it look like the government is great and doing all the right things for the people, when their really not.


World Ex. #6--Surveillance Cameras in Great Britian
Because of the increasing use of surveillance cameras, modern day UK is turning into "Orwell's 1984 UK". Great Britian is quickly letting technology go to far, putting privacy and other civil rights in danger. There are already around 1.85 million CCTV cameras in the UK and can be found everywhere from streets and malls to hospitals and schools. More surveillance=less privacy. This concept is present in the UK and Oceania.

World Ex. #7--Sex Education inThailand
Sex education teachers in Thailand are not taking the scientific approach about this topic. Using frank, informational language has seeemed to get the point accross to students. One teacher says, "Children do not need to be taught about sex. They would rather be taught about its ethical and moral aspects." I think this is an interesting take on a hard and sometimes awkward topic/conversation.

Philippine Law Firm
Philippine Law Firm

World Ex. #8--No Divorce in the Philippines
The country of the Philippines does not allow its people to divorce. Under certain circumstances, there can be annulments, but they are very rare and extremely costly. Filipinos are usually devoted Catholics who value the act of marriage described in the Bible. One major fear of the Philippines legalizing divorce is that it would become widespread and a common/nonchalant act in society. Winston and Katherine were married and later on didn't want to be with eachother. They were never divorced, but just went on their seperate ways in life.

North Korean soldiers look and film footage of the South side of the Demilitarized Zone
North Korean soldiers look and film footage of the South side of the Demilitarized Zone
World Ex. #9--North Korea-Complete Totalitarian Country
The way North Korea runs thier country is very similar to the way the Oceanian government was run. The head of the government has complete control over everyone and everything that goes on in people's lives. A very small amount of people rule North Korea and Oceania. The leader of North Korea is Kim Jong-un. The leader of Oceania is the Inner Party. The Inner Party only makes up 2% of the whole Oceanian population.

World Ex. #10--Forcing Women to Have Abortions in China
In China, you are only allowed to have a certain number of kids. Families have to pay large amounts of money to have more children, and if they are not able to come up with more money, the government will force them to have an abortion. Some women were even 7 to 8 months into their pregnancy and were forced to have an abortion. The main reason the Chinese government does this is to keep family sizes small, and one way to accomplish this to make women have abortions. This is another example of people not being able to make thier own decisions. Oceanian's couldn't do what they wanted and neither can China.