Compare and contrast social control as it is described in 1984 to your own personal experiences with social control in modern society. Be sure to clearly describe where in the novel we see evidence...

Compare and contrast social control as it is described in 1984 to your own personal experiences with social control in modern society. Be sure to clearly describe where in the novel we see evidence of social control and give examples of our own experiences as they relate to the text.

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A similarity between 1984 and my own experience would be the government's ability to monitor and read my email.  I'm not saying that the government actively reads every email that I type out and send, but between the NSA surveillance and what the Patriot Act at one point guaranteed, there was no guarantee that any emails sent by Americans were not read and categorized by the government.   

Another similarity is what smart phones are doing.  It's not a government thing, but instead private business.  A default setting on most cell phones is location tracking.  If turned on, Google (or whoever) knows where I go and when I go there.  Google also does a nice job of tracking which websites I go to, and which ads I click on and which purchases I make online.  All of that is used to customize what future ads and services get "randomly" sent my way by Google or Amazon or Ebay or whichever company.  In the same way, Big Brother knows what its citizens are up to 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  In the book, it's done via video tracking.  In my life, that happens when my phone tracks where I've been. 

A major difference, however, between 1984's social control and modern society is that I am still able to express a thought and opinion of my own without fear of the "Thought Police."  I can express approval or disapproval of the government's current administration, and that right is protected in the constitution.  

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