Sources Of Information In George Orwell's 1984

850 Words4 Pages
1984 is a novel in which its government has total control over what you do, how you think, and how you behave, George Orwell’s renowned novel prophesized his view of a 1984 dystopia. An ordinary, middle aged man named Winston Smith has gone about his life living the way everyone in Oceania did, doing what they were told without questioning anything, all while under the complete and utter control of their totalitarian government. He soon discovers the truth, and struggling to keep his secret, Winston goes on to find a group that fights the dictatorship. Despite how perfect the people in oceania may think their lives are, they are unaware of how the government portrays misleading information to them that they accept as facts, slowly shaping them…show more content…
This shows how the citizens of Oceania have had their freedom of speech taken away from them, but in the end it doesn't bother them. When someone in Oceania is told information it is quickly accepted, no one is allowed to keep any records of anything, so whatever the government tells them is true, they accept as true. This shows how news and media majorly affect our society with these ideas of false information and propoganda. Sources of information we may see as ‘reliable’ could easily put out false information and until a more powerful source comes out with a valid argument contradicting the first statement, we would accept the information as truth.
By the end of the book the government has completely taken over Winston’s mind and brainwashed him to fit standards set by the party. After everything, they ended up killing him for what he had done. If the government were like this today, we would probably be in either a complete dictatorship or our world would find ourselves slowly fading into anarchy. Our own social freedom, our freedom of press, speech, and ability to stand up for what we believe in is important to remain a stable society. Our own opinions and morals make us who we are, and if we don't speak up or take part in any of our governments actions as simple as voting for our next president, our world may fall into one such as
Open Document