Media Influence In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Media has evolved over the last century starting with newspapers and magazines, then the telegraph and radio, and now the internet and smart phones. Media has a large impact on society. It influences people in ways they do not even realize. Envying a celebrity’s clothing or wanting to recreate a hairstyle that is on television are both examples of minor influences in today’s society. These simple and innocent impacts do not negatively impact a society as a whole. Larger influences go more unnoticed by the common citizen. Media can affect what a person believes and what makes them unique. It influences everyday decisions, even little things such as what to wear based on the morning broadcast. Imagine the weatherman says it is going to be one …show more content…
In the book Nineteen Eighty-Four the society described is solely controlled by the government, or what they call the Inner Party. Using their power and influence through the media, the Inner Party is able to manipulate their citizens into believing anything they want. In the book, the Ministry of Truth works together to erase and rewrite history in favor of Big Brother. The Inner Party believes that “if all others accepted the lie which [they] imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’” (44) The consequences of the government having this much control of the media is revealed in the book. It is extremely corrupt. Those who refuse to believe and conform to the Inner Party’s version of history are tortured until they cannot tolerate anymore. The government should not have this much power because it will lead to an immense amount of …show more content…
Many people would hope that their government would keep them informed with accurate information, but that is not always the case. Many people know news outlets add unnecessary information to their broadcasts for the purpose of entertainment. Not all important news is entertaining, so sometimes segments are exaggerated slightly to intrigue the watcher. News stations compete to be the first to convey information to the public, so initial broadcast may not be accurate. Although it is important to receive fully accurate information, it would be even harder to find the truth if the government was in charge. The government could possibly take advantage of the trust they have earned from their citizens to eliminate any information that makes them look bad. This results in a society being manipulated by its leaders, just like in the society talked about in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Other arguments supporting government control of the media states that if the government controls the media, it would be easier to avoid criminals. Internet fraud is a way criminals have taken advantage of their freedom in media. It is easy to stay anonymous on the internet, so it is difficult to catch someone in the act. Despite this small issue, give the government power to control it all would not solve the problem of internet fraud. With today’s technology and advancements, criminals are more powerful

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