The song in this video is NOT censored. I apologize if it offends anybody, it is not my music and therefore I had no right to alter it.


Humans have been battling for control since the beginning of time, and there comes a point in every person's life when they are not on top and must choose between trusting authority and rebelling. Whether it is parents, teachers, law enforcement, or government officials, these authority figures supposedly know what is best for everyone. Sometimes, though, trusting authority can do more harm than good when civil rights are ignored in the name of security or dignity. In a world full of paranoia and dishonesty among civilians, people often turn to their governments as means of making everything all right. And their governments turn to the people as means of covering up their mistakes. In 1984, those who are apart of the Inner Party are the regulators of the Thought Police and Ingsoc who keep members of the Outer Party under close supervision. “Big Brother” is their leader. (“Dallmeier”) <BIG BROTHER IMAGE> Ultimately, they are protecting and being protected against information. Because of that, the security is psychological and surreal. If someone knows too much, then that person gets vaporized. In other words, the people with so-called corrupted thoughts in their heads (thoughtcrime) and passion for anything other than Big Brother will cease to exist because they are considered a threat. The government does not like a threat. Winston knows that the telescreens are always there, watching him: "He thought of the telescreen with its never-sleeping ear. They could spy upon you night and day but if you kept your head you could still outwit them," (Orwell, 1984, Chapter 2 Section 7) and he accepts there is nothing that can be done about them. This is NOT fictitious. Statistics show that the average person on the streets in Britain is caught on surveillance cameras 300 times a day, mostly without the person's knowledge. (“CCTV”) People accept it, though, because it is keeping them "safe." In Little Brother, the security is a bit different in objective, but no different in extremity. The Department of Homeland Security is there to protect against terrorism, not necessarily information, like in 1984. In this society, the danger is physical, and the security is technological. Still, Marcus points out that there is a point where security can be worse than what the security is trying to protect, saying, "They showed that universal surveillance was more dangerous than terrorism," (Doctorow, Little Brother, 75) because if every single person is constantly watched and constantly under supervision, no advancements can be made on those that are actually dangerous. He then brings up the paradox of the false positive:

"In a city of twenty million like New York, … Maybe ten of them [are terrorists] at the outside. … One twentythousandth of a percent. … say you've got some software that can … catch terrorists 99 percent of the time. In a pool of twenty million people, a 99 percent accurate test will identify two hundred thousand people as being terrorists. … To catch ten bad guys, you have to haul in and investigate two hundred thousand innocent people. Guess what? Terrorism tests aren't anywhere close to 99 percent accurate. More like 60 percent accurate. Even 40 percent accurate, sometimes." (Doctorow, Little Brother, 46)

The “false positive” is downright alarming. The government has formulated a way of making people believe that what they are doing is valid, that what they are doing makes sense for the good of the people. The “false positive” is something that not many citizens would know about, therefore are not concerned about. In a democratic society, because the people elect the government, it is difficult to have justified complaints about their actions. But that is rather unfair when the government begins stripping rights and violating the constitution in the name of what they think is right. Not only that, but governments are notorious for lying and keeping mistakes under wraps in order to save themselves, and save the faith that the people have in them so that they can keep their power. This is blatantly obvious in 1984, when the government tells the people that they are at war with Eastasia, only to suddenly say that they had been at war with Eurasia instead: “Oceania was at war with Eurasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia,” (Orwell, 1984, Chapter 3 Section 6) is what they convince themselves over and over again. In Little Brother, what is reported in newspapers about the incident in the park – where the police gassed the concertgoers with pepper spray – makes the police look like good guys, despite the fact that from Marcus’ perspective, they were out of line. Going back in history, there have been many situations where the government has lied to the people; from dictator Saddam Hussein in Iraq to impeached President Nixon of America to Adolf Hitler in Germany. And yet, the people under these governments have not learned to be skeptical and to not trust everything they are told. Why, though? Is it so hard to be cautious?

"You depend on our protection, yet you feed us lies from the tablecloth ... Hangers sitting in dripped oil, crying "freedom!" ... Handed to obsoletion, still you feed us lies from the tablecloth ... Blast off, it's Party time, and we don't live in a fascist nation ... Why don't presidents fight the war? Why do they always send the poor? ... Crying, "freedom!" ... Still you feed us lies ... They always send the poor."

B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bombs) - System Of A Down ("Tankian")
Lyrics found at ("Muzac")