Compare And Contrast Essay On 1984 Technology

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Technology shapes the world. Phones, tablets, computers and a myriad of other gadgets litter every home. Social media connects people living in different parts of the world to each other. Information is readily available through the internet and can enhance knowledge on anything interesting. Recent technological advances have changed the world and the future of the tech world looks bright. George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, provides a chilling glimpse into a world where technology is used to control and to manipulate. The totalitarian government of Oceania, simply called, The Party, clamps down on the lives of its inhabitants, and forces them to obey Big Brother, the face of the Party. There is no room for revolution, as rebels are destroyed. Children are encouraged to spy on their parents, resulting in fractured relationships. The …show more content…
Everything is recorded and everyone is watched. One wrong facial expression or the wrong choice of words, can and will result in death. Telescreens are everywhere and avoiding them is impossible. The only time there’s privacy is during the evening, as the telescreen can't detect movements. However, it can still listen. “The most deadly danger of all was talking in your sleep. There was no way of guarding against that…” (67) This means the most disciplined member of Oceania can’t outsmart the telescreen. Everybody sleeps, and unconscious mumbling can lead to the downfall of rebels. The Party makes it so, “nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull.” (29) This is critical to the Party’s success. By destroying privacy, the Party is able to pick out rebels and vaporize them. No rebels, no threat to Party power. While the Party doesn’t have a device to detect thoughts, the suffocating pressure put on by the technology they do possess, makes it so they know what every citizen is doing. With no privacy, comes no secrets, and no secrets means the Party is safe from

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