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Ground Zero and Big Brother

Powerful Essays
On August 9th of 2001 America suffered from a great tragedy that will never be forgotten. Four commercial jets were hijacked and two were then crashed into the twin towers. The other two were steered off course but still one managed to hit the pentagon. These suicide attacks devastated the nation into grief from all of the innocent lives that were taken away, but can this truly be a terrorist attack? With recently reading the book 1984, I’ve wondered if this event was an accident or was it staged? In the book a totalitarian government runs and controls all of the people of Oceania. It demonstrates the capability of the human species to dominate one another and to some cases even brainwashing each other. Even though this book was written before the actual year of 1984 this demonstrates the fear that people from our past had, due to all of our misbehavior. The brain is capable of many things and as history has shown before with Hitler(a dictator) and so many other leaders, we will stop at nothing to get our hands on the power of full control and dominance whether it’s by destroying evidence and creating our lies to save ourselves from trouble or by making the world believe the lies of the media and concealing the truth. Can 9/11 be an example of this? In the book 1984 there was a slogan that caught my eye, “War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength.”(1) This slogan was introduced so early in the book that it set the idea of how contradicting and manipulating the party of Big Brother are. It changed the way we look at things because we aren’t used to the type of twisted utopia that Winston lives in. George Orwell did a good job at showing how cruel mankind can be by setting this wonderful example of his version of th... ... middle of paper ... ...the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 09 Mar. 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks. "Why The Media Lies - The Corporate Structure of The Mass Media (by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed) - Media Monitors Network." Home - Media Monitors Network (MMN). Web. 09 Mar. 2011. http://www.mediamonitors.net/mosaddeq32.html. "IT’S NOT WHAT THEY SAY..." TvNewsLies.org. Web. 9 Mar. 2011. http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/. "Straight Dope Message Board." Web. 09 Mar. 2011. http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=279059. "SparkNotes: 1984: Book One: Chapters II–III." SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides. Web. 09 Mar. 2011. http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/1984/section2.rhtml. "1984 by George Orwell: Characters." The Literature Network: Online Classic Literature, Poems, and Quotes. Essays & Summaries. Web. 09 Mar. 2011. http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/1984/1/.
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