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1984: Whe Should Have Listened

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George Orwell's popular novel, 1984, depicts a dystopian society where media is king and every citizen of Oceania is taught to suppress their pure human nature. The novel serves as a warning to the citizens of the world today. Orwell's novel was designed for his readers to take heed of the fact that media is essentially the greatest influence of loss-of-self. Orwell's depiction of the dystopia in the novel 1984 is much like the world we live in today, in that media consumes the individual and morphs them into a psychologically brain-washed civilian. In 1984 the society's dictators, The Party, control everything through their use of propaganda, media, and scare tactics. This Party consists of four ministries each with their own job for controlling the land: the Ministry of Love, the Ministry of Peace, the Ministry of Plenty, and the Ministry of Truth. The Ministry of Love is in charge of torturing insubordinate civilians who speak out against The Party and show their pure, human nature. The Ministry of Peace deals with the countries’ wars; most inhabitants can’t remember or even understand. The Ministry of Plenty handles the rationing of food and goods. Lastly, The Ministry of Truth is in control of propaganda and changing all past documentation to suit The Party’s needs. When reading Orwell's text through an American cultural lens, The Ministry Of Truth is synonymous with the American organization News Corps. Curtis accentuates the influence media has over us as he claims: We need to be aware that the values we hold, the beliefs we harbor and the decisions we make are based on our assumptions, our experiences, our education and what we know for a fact. We rely on mass media for the current news and facts about what is important... ... middle of paper ... ...dom to rule the country and run whatever propaganda they so desire would rip the tightly woven society that we have today and break it down to nothing but a mere fraction of it's old glory. 1984 leaves the decision in the people's hands. We should have listened. Works Cited Cormac, Lucey. "1984 has arrived. Big Brother really IS watching us... yet we do nothing."Daily Mail 24 Aug. 2013: 23. Regional Business News. Web. 6 Dec. 2013. Curtis, Anthony. "Mass Media Influence On Society."Uncp.edu. N.p., 2012. Web. 05 Dec. 2013. Gunther, Richard, and Anthony Mughan. Democracy and the Media: A Comparative Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2000 Orwell, George. 1984. New York, New York: Penguin, 2003. Orwell, George. Letter to Noel Willmett. 18 May 1944. Smith, Nicole. “The Role of Media in Society in “1984” by George Orwell.”Article Myriad. N.p., 17 Jan. 2012.
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