The way it could have been


Recently, the news has been full of hype surrounding government agencies monitoring Americans’ communications. Privacy is a major concern that many people are having as of late. There are several books that put forth situations similar to all of the surveillance conspiracies that have been floating around currently.
If you have ever been interested in what could have come from World War II and the introduction of possible nuclear warfare, you should read “1984” by George Orwell. The novel showcases a dystopian society ruled under a system of English Socialism, in which most all citizens everywhere are being monitored by large screens that watch them from every room every hour of every day.
Published in 1949, Orwell’s story depicts a grim, government-controlled future in which the ruling party and Big Brother is always watching. The plot follows a middle-aged man named Winston, who commits thought crime by having his own thoughts and opinions about these rulers. Winston must be constantly on the lookout for people who may be in league with a group known as the Thought Police, which itself is always on the lookout for people who think in a way differently than the established ruling party.
If the author’s name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because you were supposed to have read his novel “Animal Farm” your freshman year at IHS. Personally, I preferred “1984” to “Animal Farm,” and it is well worth your time.