Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' 1984 '

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When writing his novel 1984, George Orwell was conveying his disapproving thoughts about the actions of the fascist dictators that were attempting their rise to power during World War II. The dystopian society created in the novel was created as a warning to those who supported the dictators at the time, including Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini, and the negative effects that their power would bring. Although Orwell’s intentions were not to prophesy what the world would be like, society today is beginning to closely resemble that of 1984. The similarities between George Orwell’s novel 1984 and society today are becoming increasingly more significant because of an excess use of technology, a lack of privacy, and the extreme measures taken by the government. Technology in today’s society is becoming overbearing and is affecting the amount of privacy people have. New and advancing technology is coming equipped with settings that not only threaten the amount of privacy one has, but could also threaten safety. It has become increasingly easier for personal information to be stolen through these devices, which many people are not aware of. Many of these devices hold important information that is transmitted onto the internet through the use of Wi-fi and is extremely easy for cyber-criminals to obtain. This is dangerous as, “many of those devices are versions of familiar, even friendly, consumer products…”(“In the privacy,” 2015). Even devices which one would hope to be safe, including baby monitors and door locks, can log information which could potentially be stolen by hackers. Information including when someone is home, addresses, and GPS data can be lost through common household devices such as thermostats, refrigerators, light swit... ... middle of paper ... ...he Party also has the ability to tune into anywhere in order to listen in on conversations using the telescreens and microphones. The governments endless control over everyone adds to the similarities between today’s society and that created in George Orwell’s novel 1984, as it boasts of both government’s extreme “superiority”. When writing his novel 1984, George Orwell was hinting at a scenario in which could potentially come true if people were not conscious of their rights and actions. Since being published, many of the actions that took place in the novel have become true, leading many to believe that society today is exactly what Orwell was trying to warn people about. Life today is becoming more like that described in the dystopian novel due to an extreme lack of privacy which stems from an excess use of technology and severe measures taken by the government.

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