Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Task 1 (Refined): Term 3 Week 1; Hao Nan

In SST, there are a lot of technology used, eg macbooks, But it is observed that many of them misuse it. From 1984 to Little Brother, people still make the mistake of misusing technology despite continuous warnings. In 1984, the government abused technology with the use of telescreens. The government used these screens to spy on its citizens, effectively turning the technology against the people and asserting it as a tool for totalitarians. Similarly, authorities in Little Brother used cameras and arphids to track both students and adults, giving the DHS abusive power, violating the rights of average Americans, and setting the stage for a government like the one seen in1984. This technology was misused in the name of security, yet it failed to increase the safety of the masses. Thus, both 1984 and Little Brothershow that, if technology is used to take freedom away instead of asserting it, society will be on the road to oppression. People misuse technology in similar ways today. For example, instead of using cell phones as tools with which they can communicate with their children, parents buy cell phones with tracking devices. This allows them to constantly monitor their children and limit their freedom. After the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush’s administration used technology to hack into people’s phone calls, hoping to uncover any information needed to prevent future attacks.  It is questionable if these actions were necessary, considering that, prior to the 9/11 attacks, the CIA and FBI already had all the information they needed to stop the Twin Towers and Pentagon from being destroyed. Thus, technology is still used impractically to take away people’s rights in the name of security. Even after the attacks, the government used technology to monitor citizens and protest, as shown in the following video(Illegal).  

Source: https://sites.google.com/site/melissam2013warningscom/misusing-technology

Hao Nan.

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