“Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered” (Orwell 35)
They have the power to rewrite history as they wish it. Language is used as a way to control the population in Oceania where 1984 is set, and is perpetuated and aided by the technological tools that monitor the populace. Society today is similar The parallels drawn between Orwell’s dystopian new world order style of society unfortunately begins to mirror our own, even though the novel was meant to only be a possible prediction on how governing bodies coul...
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...milarities, while prevalent are nowhere near the scale that Orwell imagined, but we are getting there. With each tweet, and shared image, there is no sweet poetic justice, nothing to elaborate on the feelings of a tarnished person, simply 140 characters, that is all Big Brothers would want you to have.
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