Privacy is dead. We like to think that it's not, but it's dead. It had been dying for quite a while, but the death blows came with the advent of the internet and the introduction of the Patriot Act — a sweeping and reactionary piece of legislation that has made life considerably easier for law enforcement officials. As it stands, the FBI can unilaterally search email, telephone, and financial records without a court order. Law enforcement agencies can take a look at business records, including library and financial reports. Patriot Act aside, our internet activities are meticulously tracked by third parties, and security cameras track our every movement. A visitor from the past, accustomed to anonymity, would likely be baffled at how comfortable we've become as participants of the surveillance state. But it's not as if this wasn't predicted; futurists like David Brin and Jamais Cascio have argued for years that this was coming — and that we should welcome it. The fact that our society has everything under surveillance or online and at anytime someone could find out everything about you sounds scary, but that’s what we live in. We read dystopians and think that’s crazy and that’ll never happen, but when you analyze the elements of a dystopian we’re not too far of from it. We are under surveillance almost all the time, people conform to uniform expectations and individuality is slowly becomes a ‘bad’ thing. Those are all characteristics of a dystopian that you wouldn’t expect to be a reality of the society you live in. The article says “Privacy is dead. We like to think that it’s not, but it’s dead” and that sounds like a scary thought, but it’s become our lives. In Harrison Bergeron it says “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal ~ All this equality was due to... and the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General”. In this short story everything they do or have done the generals will know. There is no privacy for people in Harrison Bergeron and in our modern society. The “H-G men” could go into Harrison’s house unannounced because they knew he didn’t have his handicap on at all times, and in today’s life they can’t just come into your house and take you, but since you have your life online it makes it way easier to get something like a warrant. We need to pay attention and be aware of the fact that story’s like Harrison Bergeron could become our reality, even though it seems like a fictional story it could be our everyday life one day.