The Government Controls the Media

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“Every breath you take, every move you make…every step you take, I'll be watching you” (Sting 1983). These lyrics to the classic song “Every Breath You Take” by Sting, depict both the acts of Big Brother in the novel 1984 and today’s media. Big Brother, like today’s government, watches every move society makes. The government controls the media and according to Peter Jennings of ABC, “Whoever controls the media controls reality”. The media, to Jennings specifically the government, controls what we think, what we know and what we want. In the novel 1984, written by George Orwell, society is controlled by one divine being, Big Brother. “Middle class” citizens are watched constantly and monitored through a telescreen to make sure they do not revolt against Big Brother or even think against him. The telescreen also displays modified news and history. They control what everyone sees and does. They control the reality of the people. They constantly feed them lies so that they will only remain loyal to Big Brother. In the novel, Winston works in the Ministry of Trut...
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