Endless War In 1984 And War On Terror, By George Orwell

1486 Words 6 Pages
Introduction George Orwell 's famous scientific fiction, 1984, is known to be warning its readers about the world under totalitarian society. Today 's world has many similarities with Oceania, a society portrayed in 1984, in the aspect of control over citizen, changes in language, and perpetual cause of fear. Telescreen and memory hole, which are being employed by the government to monitor citizens and conceal information, are similar to wiretapping by government agencies and media censorship. Slang and Newspeak limit free expression of thoughts. Endless war in 1984 and War on Terror both used to justify the control over citizens by the government.
Control over Citizens In the aspect of control over citizens, Telescreen and memory hole, which appears in 1984, are similar to wiretapping, social media, Internet, and means of record disposal existing nowadays. In 1984, Telescreen observes and employ surveillance towards citizens of Oceania. Telescreen can determine a person 's destiny according to surveillance records, which is monitored by the thought police. As described in the novel, "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when
…show more content…
For example, document shredder is commonly installed in businesses to remove its confidential records. As the destruction of documents is a typical way to remove records by many businesses, government agencies, and even individuals, memory hole also exists in today 's world. Since the destruction of documents is the most effective way to prevent access from the public, memory hole also connects with censorship, as people cannot access documents thrown to memory hole or shredded by the government agencies. In the aspect of control over citizens, telescreen and memory hole from 1984 shares many similarities with government surveillance, social media, and document disposal

Related Documents

Related Topics