Have you ever been talking to your friends about something and later on that day you see an ad on your phone for what you were talking about? Well, if the answer is yes, you are not alone. I have experiences this many times. I was talking to my mom the other day about getting these shoes that I really wanted, and a few hours later ads for the same exact shoes were popping up all over my Instagram feed. Keep in mind, I have never searched for theses shoes or looked them up on my phone. Maybe this is all just a coincidence, but it doesn’t seem like it to me. The question we all ask ourselves now is, are our phones listening to us?
In English class we started to read 1984 by George Orwell. This is a dystopia. In this the author shows us a world that seems so unrealistic and horrible; however, the author makes parts of the story somewhat realistic so we can connect it to our lives now and warn us of what may happen to us in the future.
In the story, the people of Oceania are constantly watched by Big Brother. There is a camera placed in their homes so Big Bother can see their every move. They can’t say, think, or write without the thoughpolice going after them. Everything they do is being heard or watched. They have no privacy. I see a large connection between this and our world today. Our phones seem to constantly be watching us. We have been so geared to technology, so we almost always have our phones or another device on us. Do we ever have a second of privacy? Are all the things we do and say being watched and listened to just like the people of Oceania? I think Orwell was trying to warn us and prepare us for a time when we had no privacy anymore. In the past this warning was never picked up on because it had not occurred yet, so people just thought of it as an unrealistic, made up element. Now this warning we see may be to late to change. The damage may have already been done. Is our privacy lost forever or can we get it back? image credits: https://medium.com/@DashHudson/here-are-the-instagram-ads-strategies-that-are-actually-working-a5e99a7f565e