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The author of 1984, George Orwell, depicts our futuristic society. Although the novel was written in the 1940s, Orwell’s predictions of our modern society are fairly correct. Like 1984, the people of the twenty first century are deprived of their privacy. They are constantly being watched by our prevailing government. Secondly, the act of erasing or altering history is common in both the novel and the contemporary society. Today’s information like that of 1984s’ is biased. And lastly, like Orwell’s novel, breaking rules is prohibited. One is punished for even the slightest error. George Orwell’s novel, 1984, reveals the structure of our modern, twenty first century, society.

The government, in most cases, strips us from our privacy. In 1984, government surveillance was everywhere. They constantly watched the people. Where they went, what they did, who they talked to; the government knew their every move. Today we may not have monitoring systems in our homes. Nevertheless, the government is easily able to gain access to our personal lives. For example, the approval of the Patriot Act allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to search our telephones, emails, and even financial records without a court order. They have access to every little detail of our lives. Although America is revolutionized, the privacy of its citizens is easily invaded.

Not only is the privacy invaded, the government also rewrites history. In 1984, unwanted history was effectively erased from existence. If the government decided something hadn’t happened or had happened differently than the way it actually did, they spread propaganda around and the masses were expected to believe it. Unfortunately the vast majority, without questioning, believed every uttered word of the Party. Even today, the government controls the mass media and the distribution of information. Social Studies textbooks are a prime example of biased information. For example, the American perspective of the...
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