General Privacy Issues
Privacy and the Bill of Rights
Research recent court cases related to the Fourth Amendment to find out what the justice system is saying about
our rights under this amendment.
- Which amendment(s) seem to deal most directly with the issue of privacy?
Free Speech: From Newspapers to Music Lyrics
Karen Zeinert. Enslow,
Freedom of Speech is guaranteed by the Constitution, yet there are
trends in our society that bring to mind Orwell's Thought Police. Movie and music censors, "political correctness," monolithic
ownership of news outlets, and other attempts to control what we speak and what we hear are covered by the author of this
Surveillance, Including Search and Seizure
About.com: Racial Profiling
Your Rights at School
Research the laws and policies that affect
your own rights at school and at home. Look for answers to these questions:
- What are the limitations to
your privacy and other rights at school?
- How do your rights at school compare
to your rights outside of school?
- What are the justifications for
treating you differently at school than when you’re outside of school?
- What recent court decisions regard
- What rights do your parents have
that can affect what you do at home? Do their rights differ when you’re away from home?
Manipulation of Public Opinion
Homework Center Mission
This public library site explores the issue of banned books and censorship in general. The links are most
valuable to pursue discussion topics presented in this lesson.
American Civil Liberties Union
This is the official website for the ACLU, an organization that is "the nation's foremost advocate of individual
rights…." The site, with its many features, offers support material for almost all the privacy issues presented in this
This encyclopedia article begins with background on Orwell and his works, then offers direct links to other
Britannica articles on 1984 and the many facets of the novel. There is solid information, analysis, and criticism here.