George Orwell

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What will lead the world as we know it into oppression? Is it George Orwell’s vision that what we hate will ruin us, or is it Aldous Huxley’s vision that what we love will ruin us? I agree with the social critic Neil Postman’s assertion that Huxley’s vision is more relevant in today’s society.

Being a teenager I am very aware of all the latest technological advancements, I even find myself using them on an everyday basis. But as the dependency for electronics and cell phones increases, people will gradually lose social communication skills, which are essential to communicate at a higher level with people such as professors, bosses, and scientists.

For instance, recently I ate dinner at a friend’s house. They sat down and ate dinner as most families do, they ate and drank, but as we sat there longer I noticed nobody was talking. There was someone on the phone, someone with their ipod in, and there was even someone that completely left the table to watch TV. As you can see acts as simple as sitting down and having dinner with your family are dying. If you can’t talk to your own family, then how are you going to deal with a job interview?

In today’s society people are becoming lazy. Nowadays there are remote controlled lawn-mowers, vacuums, hands free toilets, and self typing computers. People don’t even do the simplest of tasks on their own anymore. People say that obesity is such a problem, I wonder why? Maybe it’s because people don’t even want to put forth the effort to complete even the most mundane everyday tasks.

Orwell feared that we would ultimately end up being taken over by our government. Although the government controls laws, and taxes, we are still free to do pretty much whatever we want. Orwell argued that there would be those who would deprive us of information. But the government allows the internet where you can learn about anything you want. President Obama encourages children across the US to learn and gather information....
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