Invasion of Privacy Versus Convenience and Safety

Benjamin Franklin later noted that those that give up individual liberty for temporary safety do not deserve both safety and liberty. Using a notion that they are controlling crime, they use these gadgets to listen to family conversations at the ‘privacy’ of their home and phone conversations with others. This 1984 story is a description of a society with limited freedom of speech. as V says, “you have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines” (Bant and Harding, p. 129). If a society is safe but lacks fundamental freedoms, it is orderly but not democratic.
But the citizens could not have had much choice as these security gadgets are introduced as a symbol of technological innovation to control rising crime. They have pride at the authority’s move to tackle social upheavals in the land by conducting random audio picks and phone surveillance. Surveillance cameras dot street corners to watch human movements and observers are set to act immediately to any unrest. These tactics are used to monitor topical issues and terrorism acts brought about by characters the likes of V. V says, “this is not anarchy, Evey. this is chaos” (Keller, p. 61). Technology is also advanced as some members of the public get increasingly creative by innovating new ways of avoiding phone taps and close monitoring (Bant and Harding, p. 138). The unrests were serious to an extent that the authorities detained some civilians as Rosemary Almond says, “When they dragged Mrs. Rana and her children off in separate vans we did not even dare intervene” (Keller, p. 93).
The social contract is explicitly practiced in England as a disguise for providing security for the people but in real sense limits personal liberties in the long run. V says that “you gave them the power to make your decisions. you have accepted without question their senseless orders” (Keller, p. 162). The government used this ideology to gain control of the land and also took advantage of the prevailing security issues resulting from terrorist attacks to demand full legitimacy from the people.