Big Brother Sees All

Is your privacy really your own?

"Then you have no fear anymore. You're completely free."

Fear is like being trapped in a straight jacket, unable to move or speak. When you have fear, there is no freedom. You are a slave to your own being. This is in many ways a relation to dystopian society. Constant fear of the government watching your every move holds you back from living the way you would like. Also in the movie, people had a fear of getting killed or raped by the Fingermen so they would not live life how they really wanted to. This quote by V simply means that possessing the emotion of fear causes you to have restrictions on life.

Sonnet XVI

School has us brainwashed.

We learn how to think.

We learn how to speak.

School is made up of rules and regulations.

There is a time for learning.

There is a time for eating.

School has us forgetting that we have a mind of our own.

We rise and fall at the sound of a bell.

We raise our hand to voice a fact or opinion.

School has us all portrayed similarly.

There’s a certain way to dress.

There is a certain way to act.

School has us brainwashed.

A Dystopian World

A Dystopian World

In a dystopian society there are government restrictions that may seem unjust and unruly, invasions of privacy, and things are often very unpleasant for the lower class citizens. You often see dystopian societies in movies like, the Hunger Games, I Am Legend, The Host, and many more. In the book 1984, the government controls their thoughts and controls how they live overall. The society in the book, 1984, may seem far from how our world is today, but in all honesty we are closer to their dystopian society than we may perceive.

In our society we are able to have “freedom”, but that freedom comes with limitations. We live in a world that is free as far as the eye can see, but many people know that the eye can only see so far. In school, we sit and stand at the sound of a bell. We speak, but should only speak when our hand is raised prior to it. We are taught to express ourselves, but only when our expression is appropriate. What if what we have to say needs to be heard in order to create a thought in someone’s mind? The lack of actual freedom is apparent in many different ways through our school systems, but dystopia is not just relevant in our schools.

“Americans were probably were probably most shocked by the revelation that the U.S. government is collecting massive quantities of their digital signatures—billions of phone calls and e-mails and Internet searches “(Zakaria). Technology is also a form of dystopia. Technology makes it much easier for the government to keep up with our lives if they want to (as paranoid as that sounds). Government being able to invade our privacy is scary because each year they make it easier and easier without our recognition.

In the book, Fahrenheit 451, all of the books were forbidden and people were limited with their knowledge. In our country today, where are all the book stores? We do not have book stores anymore so we turn to our phones and other technology. Could it be that the government is slowly forbidding books and keeping certain knowledge away from us? The way we speak to each other is slowly becoming more ignorant just like the language of Newspeak in the book, 1984. In my generation we wonder why the older adults try to encourage us to read more and speak with intelligence. Every single day our knowledge is being condensed into something only evolution can understand.

Hopefully now people are becoming more aware of what is now happening in our society. I honestly believe that the fact that our society is becoming more like a once imagined dystopian society, is inevitable. Although we have government restrictions, too much technology for our own good, and false freedom, we can always have hope for a better society. We cannot change the fact that this is taking place now, but we can become less blind to what is happening.

Stop The War

Tuesday, Dec. 10th 2013 at 5pm

Town Center Ave

Suwanee, GA

Show up wearing black bandannas and black attire. Protest to stop the war between drug dealers and the government. We need to show the government that we will not stand for unnecessary spending of tax money on stopping drug dealers when most of them are not harming the community. We will will protest with signs and walk through town center until the government gives in to our demands or we are forced to leave.

Atlantic Records

Words I Never Said Ft. Skylar Grey by Atlantic Records

Words I Never Said lyrics

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco]
I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip
9/11 building 7 did they really pull it
Uhh, And a bunch of other cover ups
Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts then, wait here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, that's on the up and up
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust
You get it then they move it so you never keeping up enough
If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of “what the fucks”
Dude is dating so and so blabbering bout such and such
And that ain't Jersey Shore, homie that's the news
And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either
I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful
And I believe in the people.

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco - Verse 2]
Now you can say it ain't our fault if we never heard it
But if we know better than we probably deserve it
Jihad is not a holy war, wheres that in the worship?
Murdering is not Islam!
And you are not observant
And you are not a muslim
Israel don’t take my side cause look how far you’ve pushed them
Walk with me into the ghetto, this where all the Kush went
Complain about the liquor store but what you drinking liquor for?
Complain about the gloom but when’d you pick a broom up?
Just listening to Pac ain't gone make it stop
A rebel in your thoughts, ain't gon make it halt
If you don’t become an actor you’ll never be a factor
Pills with million side effects
Take em when the pains felt
Wash them down with Diet soda!
Killin off your brain cells
Crooked banks around the World
Would gladly give a loan today
So if you ever miss a payment
They can take your home away!

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said, never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

[Lupe Fiasco - Verse 3]
I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion that's why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this your bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through

[Skylar Grey]
It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said

1984 Reasons

Words I Never Said is a perfect song to play during a trailer to display the dystopian society “1984”. Even the very title of the song is a great example of dystopian societies because in worlds to where they censor everything that is said, written, or shown to the public eye many people live the entirety of their lives keeping many words within their own minds. The lack of the ability to speak freely is the basis to dystopian societies especially for “1984”. Lupe Fiasco speaks about believing in the people which is message meaning that the only way to change the world is for the proles to rise up and end the regime of big brother. All hope lies in the proles is the greatest words that speak the most truth from the novel.

The world of 1984 is a world of constant censorship and surveillance. The media can’t say anything that the government doesn’t let them. The song directly states that the news doesn’t tell you anything that is relevant to anything about the government yet just fills just random things that don’t pertain to life. The lack of truth in the news is one of the major things that built up the world of “1984”. The song talks about a person who is undergoing torture because they are having many conflicting thoughts on what is right and wrong. It speaks on the inner struggle of someone who has to deal with the thought police and is being brainwashed.

Real world Dystopian Trends

In North Korea they are brainwashed into thinking that their government leader is their god. They are limited in their knowledge, because knowledge is power to their government. In the dystopian book, 1984, the party forced the people into believing certain things by provoking fear, In North Korea if they do not worship their leader they are looked at as threats to the government so even if they don't believe in their worship they so they don't have to suffer penalties. That is one example of a dystopia in our real world.

Works Cited

Fiasco, Lupe, Sarah Green, Skylar Grey, Bear Poo, Trey Songz, Matt Mahaffey, Eric Turner, Sway, and John Legend. Lasers. Atlantic, 2011. CD.

Orwell, George. 1984: A Novel. New York, NY: Published by Signet Classic, 1977. Print.

V for Vendetta. James McTeigue. Perf. Hugo Weaving , Natalie Portman, and Rupert Graves. 2005. Film.

Zakarla, Fareed. "Big Data, Meet Big Brother." Time 8 July 2013: n. pag. Print.