Grand Frère

Big brother sees everything

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"He used to say that artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up"

Evey says this quote when talking to V about her father and mother. She tells V who her parents were and what had happened to them and her brother before they were taken from her. Evey's father was arrested and executed because of his socialist political learnings by the Norsefire, the fascist dictatorship that seized power during the war's aftermath. Her mother was later taken as well. They came in her house one day and put a black bag over her face and was never seen or heard from again.

In today's society as well as in a dystopia many politicians use lies to cover up the truth. They want us to believe anything they say. Sometimes it's because they want to try and cover up something that they just don't want us to find out about. They try to make everything seem like it's okay and that's because they want us to think that they're the reason for it but in reality things aren't so great. Take the book 1984 for example their government tells them that their world was a horrible place before the revolution and that many people were homeless and dying from hunger but in reality no one knows how the world truly was.

Sonnet

School goes by day by day

But are we really learning

The teachers talk but what do they say

The knowledge inside is burning

We see our lives slowely fade

Some of us may think it's a waste of time

But in reality we're really afraid

Of how much work it will take to be sublime

13 years is way to long

To stand and be commanded

We stand every morning and sing our song

We go to school where it seems like everyone is branded

From black to white

And from even our land site


Society Today

As time goes on our way of living in this society is drastically changing. New innovations have given our government more power to watch over us. With all these new technological advances our world is turning into a modern day dystopia. A place where our privacy is slowly diminishing and our freedoms are being challenged every day.

We are being watched not only through cameras but by our cellphones and even the internet. Over the decades, as technology advanced, surveillance became easier and easier. Today, we find ourselves in a world of surveillance, where everything is collected, saved, searched, correlated and analyzed. In the novel 1984, written by George Orwell, he predicted that in the future the government would be able to watch and hear everything you did. Boy was he spot on about that. George called the government spies “Thought Police” (V for Vendetta). They are equivalent to today’s NSA. In most dystopian societies there is a major feeling of paranoia, fear, and depression due to the government’s lack of privacy for its citizens. In a recent poll taken by Google, it showed that there was a 19% drop in internet users in America ever since the NSA decided to go public with its plans of spying. A recent article in USA Today talks about the government’s recent surge in collecting vast amounts of online data from citizens.” The NSA's staggering ability to access rich troves of data at the largest companies strikes at the core of consumers' and businesses' confidence in computer security and privacy. Encryption, the holy grail of security for the largest tech firms — in which digital messages are scrambled and unscrambled so third parties cannot read them — was easily cracked by the NSA through court orders, supercomputers and technical wizardry" (Beckle). Another article in USA Today gave a citizens perspective on the subject. “There is a huge difference between gathering intelligence in foreign countries, even our allies, and secretly getting information on U.S. citizens. Ever since 9/11, our intelligence agencies as part of the war on terror have expanded their operations to include American citizens". (Beckle) I was terrorized when I learned that the National Security Agency was intercepting information on American citizens.

This fear of the government by the people is what gives the government more and more strength. “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people” (V for Vendetta). That was a quote from the movie V for Vendetta, a dystopian film that portrayed a life of conformity and little freedom for the people of Great Britain. Right now our country is slowly showing signs of a dystopia. With the NSA watching our every moves and the government putting fear in the back of our heads, it is a wonder we haven’t began to revolt already. As a nation built on democracy, freedom, and equality it is our job to preserve those characteristics by fighting for our rights. If we conform to the government and let them take away our freedom we can kiss the American dream goodbye.


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La Revolución

Friday, April 4th, 12pm

Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

On April 4th the United States will witness and take part in the largest rally in world history. On this day thousands of people from all around the U.S will come together and protest against immigration. The purpose of this event is to voice the dreams of immigrants. "Immigrants deserve the same rights as everyone else, they come to America to be free not to be neglected" (Daniel Hernandez). The rally will begin at 12 pm eastern time with a reading of all those who died crossing the border. The rally will also include music from entertainers like Shakira and Jenni Rivera, speeches from legislators such as Democratic New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and Florida Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, prayers from religious leaders and speeches from children who's parents have been deported. We encourage everyone to wear a shirt or some type of clothing from their country on that day as well. And if your a child who's parent has died or been arrested while crossing the border we ask for you to wear a shirt with their name on it in order to honor them.


Muse: "Resistance"

Love Is Our Resistance

"Resistance" by Muse is a well known song heard by thousands of people worldwide but what most people never seem to think of when hearing the song is how the song has bits and pieces that go perfectly with the book 1984. 1984 is a book about a dystopian society where the main character Winston has an affair with a girl named Julia and in the book they are both scared of being revealed and being arrested for their hate towards Big Brother and the party. They must learn to think inside their minds without raising suspicion of the thought police since their knowledge is more advanced than others. Not only are they scared of being exposed of their unlawful thoughts but also of the affair they are having in a secret hiding secret place. These couple of events have multiple lines in the song that can perfectly relate to what is happening for example "Is our secret safe tonight," "Will they find our hiding place," "If we live a life in fear," and " Kill your prayers for love and peace, You'll wake the thought police". As their love grows they begin to think of the possibilities of getting caught and agree that the only thing worth fighting for is their love towards one another. They tell each other that even if the police tears them apart and beat them to confess everything, the only way the could betray each other would be if one day they stopped loving each other. This scene in the book has many lines that relate to "Resistance" such as "Love is our resistance","They'll keep us apart and they won't stop breaking us down" and "Our lips must always be sealed".


"Resistance"



Is our secret safe tonight
And are we out of sight
Or will our world come tumbling down?
Will they find our hiding place
Is this our last embrace
Or will the walls start caving in?

(It could be wrong, could be wrong) But it should have been right
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) To let our hearts ignite
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) Are we digging a hole?
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) This is out of control

(It could be wrong, could be wrong) It could never last
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) Must erase it fast
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) But it could have been right
(It could be wrong, could be...)

Love is our resistance
They'll keep us apart and they won't stop breaking us down
Hold me
Our lips must always be sealed

If we live a life in fear
I'll wait a thousand years
Just to see you smile again

Kill your prayers for love and peace
You'll wake the thought police
We can't hide the truth inside

(It could be wrong, could be wrong) But it should have been right
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) To let our hearts ignite
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) Are we digging a hole?

(It could be wrong, could be wrong) This is out of control
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) It could never last
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) Must erase it fast
(It could be wrong, could be wrong) But it could have been right
(It could be wrong, could be...)

Love is our resistance
They'll keep us apart and they won't stop breaking us down
Hold me
Our lips must always be sealed

The night has reached its end
We can't pretend
We must run
We must run
It's time to run
Take us away from here
Protect us from further harm
Resistance


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Apple

The Apple Company and brand is enormous, and still growing. Apple's 30,000 retail employees are often worn out by the hectic sales life and frustrated by the lack of opportunities to climb the corporate ladder. Yet Apple's retail success continues to grow, mainly because it has a “built-in fan base that ensures a steady supply of eager applicants and an employee culture that tries to turn every job into an exalted mission". (The Week) The result is a workforce that many see as a cult. "There are five signs that Apple is a religion unto itself: Applicants are readymade acolytes, new employees are indoctrinated, Employees aren't allowed to speak to the media, Apple is immersed in a weird lingo, and rapture gives way to disillusionment”. (The Week)

Works Cited




"5 Signs That Apple Is a Cult - The Week." The Week. Web. 15 Dec. 2013

Muse: "Resistance" Perf. Matthew Bellamy. YouTube. YouTube, 17 Aug. 2013. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.

V for Vendetta. Perf. Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman. 2005. DVD.

Beckel, Bob. "Common Ground: Balance Needed in Government Surveillance." USA Today. Gannett, 30 Oct. 2013. Web. 04 Dec. 2013.

Bellamy, Matthew. "Resistance." Rec. 14 Sept. 2009. Warner Bros. MUSE.CD.

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

Swartz, Jon. "Tech Giants Are Countering Government Spying." USA Today. Gannett, 1 Dec. 2013. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.