Big Brother in Our World

It is evident that Big Brother is not only in the fictional dystopia that George Orwell created in 1984; examples can be found not just in the United States, but all over the world. In this wiki, you can read the examples I have found to be very Big Brother-esque, which may shock you.



Examples in the U.S.
Examples in the World:
Cameras in Classrooms
North Korean Propaganda (1)
Watching in the Sky
North Korean Propaganda (2)
The Lottery

Book Censorship

Condemning "Sinful" Items

War (1)

War (2)

War (3)

War (4)

Cell Phone Searches


Cameras in Classrooms

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This video talks about the issue of putting cameras in classrooms. Many schools have done this in order to ensure students safety. School boards believe that teachers need to be watched to make sure they aren't doing things they aren't supposed to, like abusing students. One school called for cameras after teachers were accused of lewd acts and abuse, so cameras were installed in their classrooms. This is something the Inner Party would implement because young minds are so easily molded; the Inner Party would want to make sure that kids were learning all of the "correct" behaviors.
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Watching in the Sky


This article talks about cops in the sky. Police are starting to go in helicopters and airplanes to monitor people on the highways. If they see a speeding car, they will use basic stopwatches to calculate if a car has broken the speed limit. Then they radio a ground unit, or a state trooper waiting, and pull the car over. These aircraft also look for impaired drivers or stolen vehicles. These laws are like 1984 because in the book, there are helicopters hovering around watching the people to make sure people aren't committing thoughtcrime. This is the same principle.

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The Lottery

Mega Millions Lottery Tickets
Mega Millions Lottery Tickets

People always question whether they should play the lottery or not; the U.S. government and the Inner Party would definitely say yes! In both societies people are lured into a false hope that they'll win the big prize. However, this is only a way to gain a lot of revenue. The article states that the lottery is basically a tax on nothing. The Inner party uses this tool to give the people false hope for a better life.Source
Book Censorship

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Book censorship is a serious freedom to be infringed upon in the society we live in today. In 1984, it was a normal thing, and most of the time people didn't even know their freedoms were even being violated. Today, books are banned because of inappropriate material like language, drug abuse, suicide, and sexual content. In 1984's society, it is the same case. The Inner Party does not want you to think about those things, so any books like that would be destroyed.
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Condemning "Sinful" Items
external image 111108122400-fda-new-cigarette-warning-labels-story-top.jpgIn 1984, the Inner Party attempts to dissuade people from using certain items considered to be too "sinful" or "luxurious": Chocolate, cigarettes, sugar, coffee.The Inner Party did this by creating shortages of the product, and then they would ration them out. The U.S. dissuades people by using a more direct approach. One way is the packaging on cigarettes. 2011 legislature required cigarette companies to add graphic pictures to labels on packages in an attempt to get people to stop smoking.
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War (1)
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In the U.S. today, there are nuclear weapons in storage that will probably never get used. The United States has them just to flex their muscles to the rest of the world. No one knows for sure if their will be a nuclear war or whether these weapons actually exist. In Oceania, there isn't really a war. They just have the people make items for soldiers that don't even exist. These items could be stockpiled or destroyed. We will never know.
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War (2)
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The history of the United States is stained with blood from war. The bloodiest war was WWII. However, war today has changed dramatically. There are no longer hundreds of thousands of deaths or real battles at a specific location. War today (The War on Terror) is mostly guerilla tactics and only a few thousand deaths. This is the same for Oceania. There aren't reports of casualties of war in Oceania because there really isn't a war, so no one can die.Source

War (3)
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Oceania has been in perpetual war, even when the country was first established. The enemy frequently changes, and the people don't even notice. This compares to the U.S. because our society has been at war for 10+ years. No one knows when or if it will end. It is an invincible enemy.Source





War (4)
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The Inner Party uses war to keep control over its citizens. The never-ending war between Oceania and its enemies has another benefit besides control: jobs. Jobs to keep the people busy are created with this perpetual war. In the United States, this is also true. Jobs are created from war that seems to never end.Source






Cell Phone Searches
Is Your Cellphone Safe? Picture courtesy Ben Garney
Is Your Cellphone Safe? Picture courtesy Ben Garney

In the United States, we expect a lot of privacy: in our homes, in our mail, and in our cell phones. The topic of cell phone searches has come up alot and the problem is the Supreme Court; it's allowing police officers to search your phone without a reasonable warrant. They say that a cell phone is able to be searched just like a glove box or a closed container in your car. This reminds me of the society in 1984 because they don't have any privacy at all. So this wouldn't be unusual for them.Source








Examples in the World:North Korean Propaganda (1)



This video is a translation of North Korean propaganda. It shows how their government lies to make the people think that they live in a wonderful society that tries to help the less fortunate. In the video, it claims that Americans are drinking snow out of plastic cups and eating birds. It also claims that North Koreans have been giving them coffee and trying to help them, making America look poor and weak. This sounds a lot like Big Brother because these are the same tactics the Inner Party used on their own people.








North Korean Propaganda (2)



In this video, it shows Americans doing unspeakable things to North Koreans. It shows murder and torture. If a North Korean were to look at these photos, it would evoke some kind of hatred for the American way of life. The North Koreans only see paintings people made of U.S. soldiers that shows them doing horrific things. This kind of propaganda reminds me of the 2 minutes hate in 1984. The 2 minutes hate was used to get people to hate the enemy, which is exactly what this video does.






North Korean Brainwashing

North Korea (Pic:Getty)
North Korea (Pic:Getty)


North Koreans are brainwashed by their own leaders. Kim Jong Un teaches them Americans are all evil. North Koreans are so brainwashed that they don't even call United States citizens Americans. The call us U.S. Imperialist Agressors. North Korean leaders have isolated the country so well that no one knows the truth. This is identical to Oceania because the people of the Inner and Outer Parties both think that they are doing the right thing. The Inner Party has everyone wrapped around their finger.Source








Leaders Enjoy Luxury



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Leaders in North Korea enjoy the finer things in life. Kim Jong Un imports his own pizza chefs, plays with nuclear weapons, and has his own movie studio. He lives in riches while the rest of his country is impoverished and starving. His people are gaunt and sickly, but he is too busy enjoying his money to help them. This is just like O'Brien in 1984 because O'Brien lived in a better home than most people and he had the ability to turn off his telescreen. He has a better quality of life than the majority of Oceania.Source