George Orwell's 1984: Our Today And Tomorrow

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1984 Is Our Today and Tomorrow Knowing today’s society was somewhat “predicted” in a novel is quite interesting and captivating because there is a lot that occurs on daily basis out of the blue. The novel 1984 captures a dystopian society which relates to today’s society in different aspects. It is as though today’s society was somewhat created by George Orwell in his novel, 1984. The Party (government) in 1984 uses different means of technology, figures, laws, etc., to keep the people at bay and exercise total control over the country, Oceania. But in today’s society they aren’t only used mostly by the government; businesses and citizens also use them. But not for the same purpose as 1984. Today’s …show more content…
It’s also used to make people’s lives somewhat easier in different ways. It is used by the government, private businesses, and individuals for various purposes, some not safe. An article on CNN breaks down the ways our society relates to 1984 by stating two of the many ways technology is being used to spy on people which are “websites like Facebook track our likes and dislikes, and governments and private individuals hack into our computers and find out what they want to know” and “the ever-present surveillance cameras that spy on the average person as they go about their daily routine” (Beale 1). Even though people’s actions behind the walls of their homes can’t be entirely monitored physically, the constant spying on them is inevitable. The need to know what people are up to is so intense that every form of privacy isn’t in existence anymore. Technology has made it possible for the things we enjoy to be used against us. Facebook serves not only as a means of communications and connection but as a means of spying on people’s opinions, thoughts, conversations, etc. And the use of surveillance cameras has surpassed its purpose of catching criminals and law offenders, it is used to spy on people and how they go about their everyday …show more content…
The use of manipulation in 1984 is also evident in today’s society for various reasons. In 1984 manipulation was used by the Party (government) to have a total control over the people. This was accomplished through the erasing the past/history, creations of a new language - Newspeak, erasing people that were a “threat” to the government, etc. In the book, Winston(the main character) is part of the Records Department and “every word he murmured into the speakwrite, every stroke of his ink-pencil, was a lie” (Orwell 183). The Party employs people to work in different departments of the government, and in the Records Department, reports and records of newspapers, books, films, etc., are rectified and edited to prevent the people from having feelings, thoughts, and going against the laws that the Party has set for them. The few individuals assigned to this job were responsible for altering information that went public to manipulate the people”s minds and satisfy the Party’s need for absolute

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