The Importance Of Politics In Orwell's 1984

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The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines ‘Panem et Circenses’ as the provision of the means of life and recreation by government to appease discontent. This political tactic can be dated all the way back to when the ideas of government and how it should run first started to form. The emperor of Ancient Rome, Julius Caesar, provided the general public with a constant stream of entertainment of all varieties to keep the people peaceful and content with authority. This kept the people of Rome entertained and happy, but they were also distracted from Caesar and his actual intentions and plans for the future (Cunningham 2). This deceiving political tactic is not only prominent throughout history, but in literature as well. In Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother was able to hide the government’s true intentions by distracting the proles, which is similar to the modern American government’s …show more content…
A large percentage of Americans have a deep connection with sports, and keep up with them at all costs. Most of our country pays more attention to sports, rather than the important issues, such as politics. A playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars got almost three times as many viewers as the Republican debate that aired the same night (Schumann 1). Sports are a way for fans to escape, to have fun. But in reality, by doing this, the people are unaware of what is really going on, what the government is doing, or is not doing, simultaneously. This obsession of sports is all too evident throughout our society, but the sport industry is a billion dollar business, so naturally, the government and large corporations make sure that sports are always available to the consumer, and they are doing this very successfully. With constant sport coverage, Americans will always have the “bread and circuses” that they need to be distracted from the real matters of the

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