George Orwell's 1984: A Dark World Ahead Of Us

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A Dark World Ahead of Us The further development of technology together with media has led to a society getting closer and closer to that of the world portrayed in George Orwell’s 1984. A world in which everything people do is monitored and controlled is something of a nightmare; but just how similar may our two nations be? Many would think that it would be inscrutable for a society to fall so low as to succumb to complete and utter brainwashing. 1984’s Ministry of Truth is similar to the media manipulation within the United States of America because they are both influenced by those holding power, have bias views towards those they dislike, and are able to control the opinions and information given to society. The first way in which Oceania’s …show more content…

For example, in 1984, Winston states ,“...Mistaken prophecies uttered by Big Brother, have been rewritten a dozen times… and no other [original] copy existed to contradict it” (Orwell, 37). Media and history is altered countless times the moment that a single word proclaimed by Big Brother is found to be incorrect. In this way he is interminably depicted as being an omnipotent being who knows all. Big Brother; the one with the most significance in Oceania, has the media modify his words so that what he states is always the absolute truth. This is a clear form of media manipulation within the totalitarian state. Like Oceania, America itself has it’s own form of media trickery: “[There are] a few threats to fear when it comes to media manipulation: the government propagandist and the hustling publicist.”(Holiday). In American society, when it comes to being mislead by the media, those that the citizens have to fear the most are the government, as well as those holding a position of dominance through their wealth. The bigger companies with more influence in our society control the media along with the government, just like the Ministry

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