Can man build a perfect society? That is a tough question, there will never be a perfect society because, nobody is perfect we all have our own thoughts and beliefs. In the novel 1984 by George Orwell, we see examples of becoming a perfect society. Other people may think it is possible to create and shape a perfect society whether it be by brainwashing, punishing, or even just living. 1984 is a novel about a man, Winston, who lives under the rule of another man, Big Brother, and under his rule, Winston is not allowed to explore and have his own thoughts. Thinking about the past, or the future is illegal in his society.
The book 1984, by George Orwell, stated, “..if you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” (p. 231). For the power of an entity to control even human thought is on the level of God. Such a God made by human creation exists as an entity commonly known as “Big Brother.” Big Brother is known by many other names such as Ingsoc, Oceania, or the Thought Police.
Have you ever felt like your privacy has been violated and you don’t know why? Privacy now a days is a very controversial topic, everyone wants privacy and protection but do not want the consequences that come with it. This is very similar to how privacy was being violated in the novel 1984, it takes place in a orwellian society where no one decides for themselves. There are two articles “That’s no Phone, That’s my Tracker” and “This Smartphone Tracking Tech Will Give You the Creeps”, and the novel 1984 that can justify how privacy is being violated now and in the orwellian society of 1984. George Orwell really shows how privacy in his alternate world in the year 1984 is being violated.
Imagine your TV is always on and always watching your every move. Welcome to 1984. From now on you must be very careful what you think for you must always live in fear of committing a thought crime. Even one negative thought about Big Brother could force the Thought Police to erase you from existence or, as they say in Newspeak, to make you an unperson. This is the daily life of a citizen of George Orwell’s fictional country called Oceania.
There’s a question americans usually ask themselves, is the government trustable? Many citizens would answer no, many americans believe that the government is constantly watching them. The privacy of americans citizens is being violated by the gps trackers in our phones that the government can see and monitor, how the governments listens to our calls and how they store all our information. This is similar to the privacy violations explored in 1984 by showing how in 1984 Big Brother is constantly watching it’s citizens.
Civil Rights and Black Liberation movement inspired artists such as Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder to express social commentary in their music. Stevie Wonder expresses social issues in all of his songs but, the two songs I am going to talk about are “Big Brother” (1972) and “Village Ghetto Land” (1976). In his song “Big Brother” accuse the government of spying and killing African American leaders. “Village Ghetto Land” invites the politicians to see the inner city of families suffering from starvation. Both songs reveal the hardships that African Americans face as a result of deception, abuse, and neglect by government.
1984: the Mutability of the Past Our project symbolizes “the mutability of the past”, as seen in the novel 1984 by George Orwell. In the story, the Party is in control of all history books, media and external records. This makes it easy for them to mutilate the past and manipulate memories. Our past defines our identity: how we interpret and behave in certain situations.
Make believe societies appearing to be perfect, but under the surface are corrupt and falling apart. An ideal parts, called utopia and the destructive parts, dystopias are known to be imaginative worlds typically, that both relate to each other. Dystopia is a society characterized by human misery as squalor, oppression, disease and overcrowding ("dystopia"). Whereas utopia is any real or imaginary society, place or state, etc, considered to be perfect or ideal ("utopia"). Utopias have an idyllic world where its citizens live in peace and harmony without any disruptions.
1984 dystopia By definition, a dystopia is a “place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically totalitarian or environmentally degraded one”. In 1984 by George Orwell, the environment the main character, Winston Smith, is subject to a dystopian environment. Oceania exists after WWII and is under watch by the inner party. Consistently manipulating those in the community, people are not allowed to think independently.