Everyday we are all in trying to be persuaded into believing something using media and the government, as don’t in George Orwell’s novel, 1984 manipulation is used by the government to persuade the citizens that their leader, Big Brother, is portraying to be. For which ever reason information is manipulated, it is still a form of attempting to persuade opinions. In many forms people manipulate information in hopes that they will gain something, whether it be to gain power or to try and convince people that something or someone is correct. September 11th 2001 is one of the most terrifying, tragic, and most talked about days in the history of the United Sates. Although the official story was given out to the public many people question the events which happened and turn to one of the many conspiracies.
In today’s society, most people don’t realize the government is taking advantage of their power. The government is here to protect and keep society safe, but I believe they are abusing their authority against us for their own benefits. In the novel 1984, George Orwell is a foreshadowing to our present day living. Orwell brings forth a feeling of hopelessness and paranoia. The government can use the term reasonable cause to get a warrant to tap phones, to intercept our mail and use satellites to view us without our knowledge.
We think this is crazy and could never happen, but George Orwell illustrates, throughout his novel 1984, the possible dangers of complete government control. Even though this exaggerated society seems farfetched, many of his fictional governmental qualities are starting to line up with our government today. Throughout the novel the totalitarian government, called Big Brother, is constantly attacking the people psychologically. One of the first things that strikes protagonist Winston Smith is a poster in the street, reading “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU” (Orwell 5). From the very beginning of the book, the government is already shoving fear down on top of the citizens of Oceana.
A citizen educated to understand history would not allow the Party to survive. Thus, the P... ... middle of paper ... ... India for about three hundred years. The control of language leads to the control of culture and history. Propaganda and surveillance are the main themes in "1984". The manipulative use of these two factors helps the party of the Big Boss to control the minds of the citizens and spy on their private lives.
In 1984, Orwell fears government control of media because it helped brainwash and control the citizens in Nazi Germany and the USSR and today it continues to inhibit free will and thought in areas such as China and Russia. Several times throughout 1984, Orwell emphasizes the dangers of the government having total control of the media. The government holds a tight rein over the large population of the proles by producing all of the media they have access to. When referring to the Party’s control over the media he says “the primary job was not to reconstruct the past but to supply the citizens of Oceania… with every conceivable kind of information (Orwell 43).” Orwell fears that this control over the supply of all information, which is announced and broadcasted through the media, leads to mindless citizens and brainwashed children. Winston’s work in the Ministry of Truth makes “it is now impossible for any human being to prove by documentary evidence that the war with Eurasia ever occurred (Orwell 183).” The governments control over history leads to citizens easily believing what they hear in the media and even if someone does not believe there is nothing they can do to disprove it.
As like there were hidden cameras in the citizens rooms during the Orwell’s fictional world, the cameras and other secret devices were monitoring citizens today. People weren’t be allowed to express their love publicly during the world of 1984 and today’s American society justifies its relevancy prohibiting gay and same sex marriage and other pornography issues. The main message of Orwell is to aware the people that there are many significant instances in the American government that the government might can go back to one that they have during the world of 1984. Introducing the patriot act, NSA surveillance and government over riding the constitutionally protected rights justifies the relevancy that the United States extend up to the Orwell’s fictional world of 1984.
Big Brother is watching you! This is one of the frightening propaganda posters portrayed in George Orwell’s novel 1984, which offers a terrifying prophetic vision of a totalitarian state. A totalitarian government is one which subjugated its citizens and holds complete authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of its citizen’s public and private life. It’s these type of controlling governments that use several deceptive strategies to gain control of a nation such as censorship of media, propaganda everywhere, ruling using fear, and secret police forces (Thought Police). It is this tyrannical government that Orwell feared would come true in the near future.
In point of fact, people nowadays have been technologically orchestrated by those contemporary theories used by mass media. In both novels, human minds are controlled through the government's use of propaganda and conspiracy resulting in lack of freedom Both Zamyatin's We and Orwell's 1984 shows all around the books how the Benefactor and Big Brother, independently, control the human insight with the usage of disinformation and spreading false clarifications, especially intentional exposure. "Exposure is a sign of correspondence pointed towards affecting the mindset of the neighborhood to some excuse for why or position by displaying stand outside of a discord," communicated in Oxford Dictionary. Orwell presents unique sayings made by Big Brother in 1984. The most huge and essential witticism is "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength" (Orwell 17).
1984, by George Orwell, is a novel that is ultimately about a totalitarian form of government and it's negative aspects that it imposes on society. The readers clearly see that George Orwell opposes this form of government because it limits not only freedoms, but the idea of freedom itself. The idea of pure freedom is shattered as we see the protagonist's mission to overthrow Big Brother fail. Big Brother may have not even been real. However, the fear that this imaginery person/ organization imposed on society was real.
Live under oppression cause Winston can no longer stand for spiritual oppression and resist, which leads to his death. We can see Winston as present Snowden who exposed top secrets and now is to flee to avoid threats and doubt his role in the government. Snowden finds what he does was against human moral and resists government just as he expose secrets and flee to the HK for shelter. Back to 1984, people were basically living under the telescreen, an item that obligates people’s life and observe people. Now days, people are able to collect secrets through the internet.