1984 by George Orwell and right to privacy

The phrase “right to privacy” does not appear the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights; however, based upon multiple of the amendments (such as the safeguard against unlawful searches and seizures), the Supreme Court has ruled multiple times that the Constitution supports a citizen’s right to privacy. Many people associate the loss of privacy with authoritarianism. Literary figures such as George Orwell have thematically connected the loss of privacy with the loss of individual liberty. However, in the post-911 world, privacy and security have fallen into tension. Despite fairly extensive documentation of NSA practices by journalists, polls still show that many Americans are largely unconcerned about a curtailment of the privacy rights in the name of security measures.

Using 1984 and the attached materials, synthesize the information from at least four of the sources (1984 plus three others) and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed essay. Prompt: To what extent does the thematic and ideological perspective of 1984 relate to the modern American security/privacy debate?

Your argument should be the focus of our essay. Use the sources to develop your argument and explain the reasoning for it. Avoid merely summarizing the sources. Indicate clearly which sources you are drawing from whether through direct quotation, paraphrase, or summary. You may cite the sources according to MLA guidelines and you must provide a “Works Cited” page.

sources: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/09/21/the-state-of-privacy-in-america/ (Links to an external site.)

You may also make use of the sources provided in the hotlinks of this site.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fourth_amendment (Links to an external site.)


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