1984 Essay

Topics: Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, Totalitarianism Pages: 3 (743 words) Published: January 14, 2013
Michaella Leapaga
11 December 2012
1984 Essay
Imagine living in a world where technology is controlled by a higher power and you basically have no say in your own everyday life. In the novel written by George Orwell 1984, this imagination is reality for Winston (main character) and all of the book’s society. Dictatorship by video surveillance is how society is run in the book 1984. It becomes something of intensity that is described how the use of technology is used to control public and even private behavior.

In 1984, the “Party” (dictatorship in 1984) watches every single persons movement and force everyone to watch a brain washing footage promoting no hate. This can be perceived as a good or bad in terms of either population control or nation wide obedience. This is Winston’s account:

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party 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." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. "Reality control," they called it: in Newspeak, "doublethink” (Orwell 32).

This passage explains how the “Party” will and shall control everything: past, present and future. Could this potentially be our future of America? According to a web page titled “How Many Times are you Caught on Camera per Day?” apparently an average citizen living in a big city of modern day America is caught on film of some sort 75 times in a day (fox16.com).

Technology is a huge part of our daily lives. With the iPhone 5 and the smaller I pad coming into stores now, technology is becoming more and more advanced. In the book 1984,technology (which isn’t as advanced as what we use...
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