It is feasible that in the future machines may be more powerful than man, to such an extent that machines control mankind, mechanizing human life. This is seen in Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano, a post-World War III society in which machines are more powerful than mankind (Ponniah 229).The Technology in 1984, by George Orwell, has a similar influence. 1984 portrays a totalitarian society, powered by the icon of Big Brother. Big Brother and his Party use many methods to keep their citizens suppressed and to give them false hopes, some of which include Thought Police and technology. One such form of technology in 1984 is the telescreen –an instrument used mainly for issuing propaganda and observing citizens. Propaganda is directed at the Party members’ emotions of safety; while the close scrutiny of the telescreen is aimed at the Party members’ sense of fear. In George Orwell’s 1984, citizens are programmed, by the Party, into instinctively subjecting themselves to Big Brother through the different uses of telescreens.
The historical quote connects with real world conflicts that have a possibility to be repaired. It has been a wonder, for years, why governments such as communism and dictatorships don’t work. Golding explains it best i...
The first thing Julian inquires about his the problem of labor strikes, something very prominent in his time due to the newly formed labor unions. “The National Labor Union (NLU) hailed the virtues of a simpler America, when workers controlled their workday, earned a decent living, and had time to be good citizens” (Davidson, Nation of Nations, 626). Dr. Leete explains that with generous capital, any worker with a decent idea can become his own boss and the need for unions and strikes desisted. This was something that had begun occurring already in Bellamy’s time, as had monopolies. This was the second step in the eradication of strikes as companies began to aggregate and form large syndicates. Finally, the largest syndicate of all, the government took over all industry. “When it was proposed that the nation should assume their functions (corporations), the suggestions implied nothing impractical even to the timid” (Bellamy, Looking Backward, 67). With this in mind, Julian asks who the enemies of the government are, whether they are other nations or natural ills. Dr. Leete responds with the mind-blowing realization of a perfect society. “We have no wars now…but in order to protect every citizen against hunger, cold, nakedness, and provide for his physical and mental needs, the function is assumed of directing his industry for a term of years” (Bellamy, Looking Backward, 68).
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...s; Plunkitt and those in Tammany hall made it their business to “know every man, women and child in the district,”(RIORDON, Chapter, 6) because they understood that those were their voting constituents. The reformers came to understand that they needed people like Plunkitt and the political bosses to look after “the organization’s interests, and the city’s interests all at the same time”(RIORDON, Chapter, 7). The system could not be reformed as long as the political bosses and politicians like Plunkitt remained in power. The political systems need reform, but the corruption in Tammany hall ran so deep, it would take a monumental act to reform the system. One of the problems with Plunkitt was, he did not feel he was practicing dishonest graft, but he and the political bosses did not see how their actions went against the people they had promised to serve.
Kevin Mitnick was born Kevin David Mitnick born August 6, 1963 in the city of Van Nuys, California in the late 70’s; as he was growing up in his adolescence of his teenage years the computer was starting to come of age for the consumers but, not until the 80’s where they available to users? But the i.e. (main frame) have been inexistence since after the war; the technology was there but, not readily available to the public. It was used for the military and government. Kevin Mitnick parents were divorced and they lived in a lower class environment. This was to bring Kevin to look for opportunities that would lead and drive him into this this field (1) thus at the young age of 15 he was in the beginning of the social engineering circle, eagerly learning and fascinated about the new technology that was being presented, consequently he had found something that he had become good at being self-taught and furthermore he had no type of income or ways of supporting; Kevin use a make shift device that recorded the sound of money dropping in the telephone before the cell phone came into our time? And so the receiver would recognize it as proper change was used to make a call; therefore Kevin came from a lower class family and was not making ends meet; because, Kevin’s family primlary was his just his mother and she was living on a low income and budget that was difficult for them both. It was hard for her to try to work and to supervise Kevin both at the same time; she was more or less let him do as he would do as any normal teenager but, Kevin was not your typical teenager? Living on a one income family salary furthermore since being sepa...
The characters in this play all live together in a town ruled by what is known as the compact majority. This majority is led by a group of town officials who come up with plans and policies on which the people may vote. This system offers no chance for the freedom of individuals. Beginning with a speech discussing “. . . the colossal stupidity of the authorities,” Doctor Stockmann deconstructs this appalling social system. This speech criticizes the lack of intelligence the authorities have shown and the need for their destruction. If freedom is to exist for individuals, the first step must be to do away with worthless officials and authorities that force the people to make a choice from the narrow selection they provide. What is right in one situation may not hold true in another, but the authorities force all people to live under the same laws with the same punishments instead of allowing for diversity. However, Stockmann does not stop there. In fact, he says that the authorities are not the main problem, but that instead “The most dangerous enemy of truth and freedom among us is the compact majority.” This majority follows its leaders blindly without ever giving thought to any alternative outside of the shielded path on which they are directed. “People that do that are . . . so very far from distinction.” These people have given up their won right to think and have doomed themselves to lives that can never meet the full potential of the human experience.
“We’ve all been saying the same crap for all of our lives but we can’t do shit. Can you imagine if we took a stand and decided to rebel against the Government? Imagine the disgrace for our dads, having the Executive leader’s sons rebel against their dads. That’d make a good story. There’s nothing we can’t do,” said Jaime.
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...ording to his need. Our nation’s history with communism has clouded this economic philosophy, thereby preventing the youth of the United States to weigh communism fairly. “Normal Again” gives a new generation a new perspective. This episode opened up the possibility that the capitalism that rules America may be just as constricting and frustrating as a mental institution; that the only escape may be the equality-centered community communism offers.