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Transcript of 1984
George Orwell's book , 1984, has such an eternal theme of oppression and surveillance that it is still relevant today. Things such as total control, lack of privacy, defiance, and psychological manipulation are still applicable today.
Lack of Privacy
There are monitors everywhere ensuring that everyone is being watched at all times.
1984 by George Orwell
Even though 1984, a book by George Orwell, was published over 70 years ago, and was mostly focused on issues/topics occurring at the time, it has such adaptable theme of oppression and surveillance, that is still significant today.
By Stephanie C, Gaby C, Yaneli S, Maria M
Total Control (Totalitarianism)
The Party wants to control every aspect of the public's life such as history, feelings, procreation, and their thoughts as to what reality is and what is made up by the party.
The only reason for sex is procreation (to have children)not pleasure.
Thought Police- they have the most control "the patrols did not matter, however. Only the thought police mattered(pg 4)
Control in society today is also applied in...
China- has laws that try to control the gender and the quantity of children a person is allowed to have.
Education- some countries selectively teach history(like minitrue) to make themselves look good.
Changing history (minitrue)- "'Who controls the past', 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past'"(pg 37).
Communistic Societies- try to make everyone think the same, and one single party holds all power.
Every home had a telescreen watching them "Whichever way you turned, the telescreen faced you". (pg 120).
"Big Brother is watching you!!" (pg 3).
Lack of Privacy Today
The lack of privacy isn't as bad today, but there is still a lot of surveillancing the government does to keep tabs on society today...
NSA- a lot of people today feel like there isn't any privacy because their data is being monitered
North Korea- limits web usage to sensor news and occurring events around the world.
Winston sneaks around with Julia and later finds out that there are actually a lot of people who do the same not for pleasure but simply to defy the Party. He also shows defiance by writting in his diary.
Writing in his diary because although "this was no illegal, but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death, or at least by twenty-five years in a forced-labor camp" (pg 9).
Winston having sex - this was restricted that "during the month of May there was only one further occasion on which they actually succeeded in making love" (pg 140)
Defiance is human nature. Humans are created to be creative and express themselves so as long there is a force trying to constrain this, there will always be defiance.
Breaking what is considered to be the "norm"- gay marriage, interracial marriage, or wearing religious clothing like the hijab.
Through the use of constant propaganda via the monitors in every home they are being constantly hammered with slogans. This constant hammering causes them to be "brainwashed".
Psychological Manipulation Today
Social Media can be manipulating without people being aware. Facebook, Instagram, music videos, and Twitter can contain subliminal messages that are viewed by billions of people around the world.
"War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength"(pg 6).
"Big Brother is watching you!!" (pg 3).
2 minute hate- conveys hatred towards the Party's enemies.
Subliminal messaging- these messages contain hidden meanings that are noticed or processed unconsciously. like companies telling you to buy more of their product.