The famously secretive and isolated state is brutally punishing citizens who attempt at connecting with the outside world (beyond North Korea). The country has control of all forms of telecommunications and actively spies on its citizens through mass surveillance programs. “Bureau 27… has this monitoring device, and agents hold this antenna-shaped device in their hands with red lights blinking. They said it was a detection device,” says Eun-Mi after being arrested for using a ‘Chinese mobile phone’ and later escaping from North Korea in 2014. All of this may seem hard to believe, yet sadly it is true that our world has dystopian societies where bureaucracies control civilians through unbelievable regulations and threats of harsh punishments. One punishment for those caught making an international call using a ‘Chinese mobile phone’ is that they “could be sent to a reform facility or political prison camp.” This bureaucratic control is also seen in the story of Harrison Bergeron. “The unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General” keeps this dystopian society oppressed. The constant surveillance was also mentioned when George spoke of his handicaps. “Two years in prison and two thousand dollars fine for every ball I took out,” said George to Hazel attempting to explain to her why he musn’t cheat the rules, because of the omnipresent “H-G men.” The surveillance component of this dystopian story is meant to warn people of the dehumanizing aspect of having no privacy. Sadly there are less fortunate societies in this present day world without privacy, freedoms or democracy. Politicians need to contain these cruel ideals to countries separate of our own, lest we become a dystopian unto ourselves.