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Power and Surveillance in Orwell's "1984"
Transcript of Power and Surveillance in Orwell's "1984"
Ministry of Peace
Ministry of Plenty
Ministry of Truth
Ministry of Love
Tools of Surveillance and Power
No Spare Time
"The Instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely [...] received and transmitted simultaneously." (p.4)
"How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork." (p.5)
"The thing he was about to do was to open a dairy. This was not illegal (nothing was illegal, since there were no longer any laws), but [...] it would be punished [...]" (p.8)
"All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory." (p.37)
"In principle a Party member had no spare time, and was never alone except in bed. A walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous. There was a word for it in Newspeak: ownlife[...]" (p.85)
"Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth." (p.79)
"[...]the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the thought...In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible [...]" (p.55)
"[...] the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one´s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them [...]" (p.223)
Which tools of surveillance do you personally regard as the most essential?
Where do you see similiarities or differences between Panopticum (Foucault) and Orwells fictional society in 1984?
He had won the victory over himself.
He loved Big Brother.
After reading 1984 - How realistic is it to lose your identity in the way Winston did?
"WAR IS PEACE" (p.6)