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1984

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Emily Skazin

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of 1984

Individualistic ideals rationalized today have left George Orwell's 1984, among other dystopian-like works, enticing to the modern audience because of their relevence.
1984 was a call to action written at the peak of Communism, a concept beyond distorted from it's orgin and basic oblivion to the world. Orwell's work communicates the effects technology on modern society much like social networking sites today with the constant declarations of our interactions and capability.
America's most popular podcast is presented as an authentic radio show this isolated town "somewhere in the Southwestern United States" is a combination of humor and the embodied enthusiasm of H.P Lovecraft's horror fiction genre. Creator, Joesph Fink, works off the idea that in this town all conspiracy theories are real.
Welcome to Night Vale has demonstrated to listeners how discomforted we are with the unknown. Having to describe a situation brings us to an outline of absurdity. Much like in 1984, there is no difference in trying to describe how the government works than in trying to describe the aquatic life because in our society seeing is believing. "Pictures or it didn't happen!"
"To die hating them, that was freedom." Book 3, Chapter IV, pg. 281
Winston's hatred for Big Brother was the ultimate satisfaction for him. Through death Winston would find his fulfillment. On a broader scale the concept becomes man vs. world, making a parallel to many story lines, including Katniss and Panam from Hunger Games.
"The outer, global journey of the characters is matched by an inner, emotional and psychological journey. These are no cartoon superheroes. They, like their teen readers, have to deal with recognizable concerns and problems, including friendship, family, betrayal, loss, love, death and sexual awakening.

A new wave of dystopian fiction at this particular time shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. It's the zeitgeist. Adults write books for teenagers. So anxious adults – worried about the planet, the degradation of civil society and the bitter inheritance we're leaving for the young – write dystopian books."
Cultural Semantic and Control

The the Party tells Winston that 2+2=5 through physical manipulation and psychological control. It is equally a semantic, like how a symbol is relative depending on countries and cultural differences. Big Brother becomes nothing more than a symbol in a totalitarian government similar to the president's face and such today.
In conclusion, media today rivals the use of technology in the novel and the fear of the unknown restricts us just as much as the characters. Our generation's infatuation with the Dystopian and Totalitarian ideals amplifies the importance and relevance of 1984 today. As it is much easier to naturally submit to chaos, will we end up in a subtler version of that society?
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