In 1948, George Orwell published his novel 1984, which was highly prophetic of what occurred in the year 1984. Despite this, the book was intended to be a warning for society as a whole, although many individuals are unable or unwilling to see what is going on before their eyes.
George Orwell’s vision of the future is very similar to what is happening in society today with the government spying on its own citizens, the use of propaganda to control the people, and the ever-growing problem of totalitarianism.
The first example George Orwell gives in 1984 that is strikingly similar to our society today is the government spying on its own citizens. In his book, the Thought Police are constantly watching and listening to everything the citizens do and say. They even have cameras hidden in people’s homes to watch their every move. The NSA wiretapping scandal that was revealed by Edward Snowden showed that the United States government has been spying on its own citizens by collecting their phone records and monitoring their online activity without a warrant.
Many aspects of George Orwell’s 1984 are still relevant today. In both 1984 and today’s culture, news plays an important part in people’s lives. The press in 1984 is written on tiny pieces of paper in newspeak, and old news is destroyed and resurrected to give everyone a sense of validity. This convinces the public that Big Brother can be trusted, and that everything the Party claims is true. George Orwell’s vision of the future bears a striking resemblance to our own reality.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the world is divided into three superstates-Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. Oceania, where the story takes place, is run by a group called the Party. The Party controls everything in Oceania, even people’s thoughts. If someone thinks something that is against the Party’s beliefs, that person is said to have committed thoughtcrime. The Party also has a special group of people called telescreen watchers whose job it is to make sure that everyone is following the Party’s rules. If someone breaks a rule, they are sent to prison or even executed.
The Party also modified how news is written, converting it into “newspeak.” This entailed “eliminating undesirable terms and stripping such words as remained of unconventional meanings,” according to Orwell. You may limit a person’s ability to express and define things once you’ve eliminated all the desirable words from their vocabulary.
The telescreens also invade people’s privacy in their own homes. There are cameras and microphones hidden everywhere, even in the protagonist Winston Smith’s apartment. The Party uses these to watch and listen to everything he does, making sure that he is not committing any thoughtcrime. If the Party suspects somebody of thoughtcrime, they will be “vaporized”, or killed and erased from existence. This serves as a warning to others that they should toe the Party line or suffer the same fate.
The Party controls everything in Oceania, even down to the history books. They rewrite history as it suits them, changing facts and figures at will to make it appear as though they have always been in power and always been right. This is done in order to make the population believe that there is no other way of living, and that any thoughts of rebellion are futile.
The Party also uses fear as a means of control. The people are kept in line through constant reminders of the dangers of thoughtcrime, and the punishments that await those who commit it. They are also made to be afraid of enemies who may not even exist, such as Emmanuel Goldstein, the leader of the rebel group known as ‘The Brotherhood’. By making the people afraid of both real and imagined threats, the Party is able to keep them docile and compliant.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the Party controls everything. They control the language that people speak, the history that is written, and the thoughts that are allowed. While this may seem like a far-fetched scenario, there are worrying parallels between Orwell’s vision of the future and society today.
The rise of social media has led to a situation where people can be watched and monitored more easily than ever before. Companies such as Facebook and Google collect huge amounts of data on their users, which can be used to track their movements, tastes, and preferences. This information can then be sold to advertisers, or even used by governments to spy on their citizens.
We also see the rise of ‘fake news’, which is similar to the Party’s control of history in 1984. Fake news is often used to manipulate public opinion, and can be spread very easily thanks to social media. This can lead to people believing things that are not true, and can be used to justify repressive measures by governments.
There is also a worrying trend of government surveillance, both in the UK and the US. The UK government has been caught collecting data on its citizens on a massive scale, and has even been given the power to hack into people’s phones and computers. In the US, the NSA has been revealed to be spying on its citizens through a variety of means, including monitoring their phone calls and emails.
While George Orwell’s 1984 may seem like a work of fiction, there are alarming parallels between his vision of the future and society today. We need to be vigilant against the rise of government surveillance and control, and make sure that we do not let 1984 become a reality.
Today’s world media is used in a similar way. Media is employed to induce individuals to conform to what is seen as “socially acceptable” or “trendy.” There’s also some editing going on these days, like there was back in 1984. The people who choose what news stories are appropriate to print are called news editors. They deliberately choose what information they want us to learn, which is precisely the role of a news editor. A lot of language has been altered as well.
In George Orwell’s book, 1984, the government controls everything that the citizens read, watch, and listen to. The Party changes history by editing it and making sure that everyone knows and learns what they want them to know.
The Party also created a new language called Newspeak, which gets rid of all words related to freedom and makes thoughts impossible to even think about because there are no words for them. In a way, language is being changed today too. We see this with the rise of text speak and social media shorthand. While it has not been created by anyone in particular, it is still a form of communication that is slowly taking over more ‘proper’ forms of English.
George Orwell’s book, 1984, is a warning to society about the dangers of government control. The book has many themes and ideas that are still relevant today. Although our society is not exactly like the one in 1984, there are some similarities that we can see. We can see this in the way that media is used to control people and the way that language is changing. These things show us that we need to be careful about the amount of control that we allow our government to have. Otherwise, we may end up living in a world where we are not truly free.