Emma Prol

English Portfolio

6 word memoir

Why run when you can swim?

Who was George Orwell?

Eric Arthur Blair used the pen name George Orwell. Some books he wrote included 1984 and Animal Farm. He was born on June 25th, 1903 in Eastern India to a British Civil Servant. While he was still an infant he moved with his mother and sister to Henley-on-Thames, England. HIs father stayed in India and rarely visited until retiring in 1912. He attended boarding school at St. Cyprian's in the coastal town of Eastbourne, where he first began to understand classes. His first major published work was Down and out in Paris and London (1933). He used the pen name George Orwell to save his family the embarrassment. During the early 20th century it was not very respectable to be an author. He did many jobs while in the lower class stretching to even a dishwasher. Some of his other works included Homage to Catalonia and Shooting an Elephant. Orwell married Eileen O’Shaughnessy in 1938. The pair was married until her death in 1945 and had a son named Richard Horatio Orwell. After his wife's death, he remarried to Sonia Orwell. He was a sick child and was eventually diagnosed with Tuberculosis in 1938 as an adult leading to his death in 1950. His last work, 1984, was published in 1949. 1984 was a major success. It is said to be one of the most influential works of the 20th century. He was not able to see most of the success sadly because of his death in 1950.

10 rules for my dystopian society

1. No one will speak negatively towards the Empire.

2. All your purchases will be tracked for your safety against fraud.

3. You will not communicate with anyone without the Empire's knowledge for your safety.

4. The empire sees everything you do for your safety.

5. All your mail will be monitored by the Empire for your safety.

6. "Privacy" does not exist for your safety.

7. The Empire will monitor your diet for your health.

8. The Empire will monitor your exercise for your health.

9. The Empire will monitor industry for your safety.

10. All records of a time before the Empire will be destroyed for your safety.

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Are we heading toward a dystopian society?

The United States of America, a country that emphasizes personal freedoms, is heading toward a dystopian society. With the fear of terrorism growing daily, there has been a push to increase government surveillance. This has lead to perfectly legal surveillance of the people by the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA is allowed to monitor your behavior through buying information from telephone providers. They are able to see who you called and around when you called them, but they can not hear what you are actually talking about without wire tapping. The NSA is also able to see what you search on your computer. The national government is able to access this information because of the PATRIOT act. The PATRIOT act was created in 2001 in response to 9/11 to hopes to help with terrorism. Sadly the government has extended this privilege to use on all people without reasonably doubt. People have tried to stop this using the Supreme Court, but the court states that when releasing your information to a third party (telephone service) you lose all these rights. This survallience is only steps away from the surveillance seen in 1984. In the modern world it can seem impossible to escape the ever growing need for technology and the governments ever growing access to the data. If Americans do not do something to stop this ever growing problem, we will be living in a nightmare. The free world as we know will become a dystopian realm where freedom is only an idea not a right taken for granted. People will not have near the amount of freedoms as they have now. There will be no way to escape. Every thought you have will be monitored and reported if not seemed fit by the government. If this happens, we will not be able to learn from the past and will be trapped in a bad dream.

Ideals of Freedom

Based on where you live or how you were raised, your idea of what freedom truly is, and what freedom should be. Can global freedom ever be reached without destroying the world we know today.

Citizens in the United States have many freedoms that most people cannot even begin to fathom. These people can say pretty much whatever they want to, they have the power to select who should run the country, they can express what they feel, wear what they want, and if they see something wrong in the way they are governed they have the power to change it. The most enjoyed of these freedoms is the freedom to have an opinion. Many people around the world are not allowed to express this opinion because of the suppression of the government.

Without the power to have the opinion, you do not have the ability to change anything, Without change, things would power stay the same. While some may think that things staying the same are good, change is good. Everything great in the world is because of change. If things stay the same, there is no room from improvement and nothing gets better. Without change all the good things we see in the world would not be here. Without change, things that are bad stay bad. Governments that get in a rut because of a bad leader, stay bad. Since the people do not have the power to express their opinions, suppressive governments hurt the people. Countries become unbalanced. People are no longer treated like people. Civilians are pushed down and brainwashed while some held up like gods.

Because of this vast gap in the way people are treated, some get this idea in their minds that they are born better. That anyone that is different is bad. The country we live in, the United States, is founded on different. Different is good. Without different the world would be a boring place.