Spy or Be Spied Upon
Themes and ideas in this unit
This unit is about spying and being spied upon. It raises a lot of big questions.
How do we know what is real? How do we know if we are being lied to? How might we figure that out?
The unit also delves into what it feels like to be watched and why we have the right to privacy even if we aren't doing anything wrong.
We will start by hearing from US-based privacy researcher Christopher Soghoain as he voices his concerns around government surveillance.
We will then read an excerpt from the novel 1984. Here, we meet Big Brother, the omnipresent eye that watches all of our activities, as envisioned by George Orwell just after World War II.
This will set the stage to begin our reading of the novel Little Brother whose name references Orwell's work.