The telescreens tend to work very similarly to objects

The novel
1984 by George Orwell highlights themes that are currently beginning to greatly
affect our everyday lives. 1984, which was published in 1949, portrays Orwell’s
prophetic, nightmarish vision of how he imagines life will be come 1984.
Orwell’s creation of a “negative utopia” greatly relates to themes that are
becoming relevant in life today. The novel begins with Winston Smith, a very
rebellious character who attempts to work against almost everyone in Oceania, a
place where the over-watching Big Brother tracks everyone’s every move, and the “Party”
takes action when so called “improper” human actions have been committed. Currently,
the National Security Agency is able to check in on all of your google
searches, your Facebook page and practically track your every move, just as Big
Brother did throughout the novel. It is also seen today that almost every
single purchase you make requires your zip code and your home phone number as a
part of your transaction. The uncanny relations the novel has with today’s life
have even managed to spike the novel’s sales dramatically, at one point having
a 9,000% increase of sales on Amazon.com.

 

One of the
biggest relations throughout 1984 and today’s life was Orwell’s so called
“Telescreens”. In the novel the telescreens are two way monitors which are
controlled and monitored by the proclaimed Big Brother. Placed in almost all
public and private places these telescreens spy on citizen’s private lives as
well as broadcast government propaganda, news and any approved entertainment.  These telescreens tend to work very similarly
to objects that we all carry around with us for the majority of the day: our cell phones, as
well as our tablets, computers and practically any other device that connects
to the internet.  Don’t you find it
slightly scary how ads you’re seeing on Facebook and Instagram relate greatly
to the new pair of shoes you bought, or the new cool jacket you were looking at
online? Today the government and other private individuals have the power to
hack into our online accounts and find out whatever they want to know. Websites
such as Facebook, Instagram and even Google track every like, search and post
you make keeping track of everything you do.

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A second
very notable prediction that Orwell made throughout his novel was the use of so
called “newspeak”. Newspeak was Orwell’s version of the much stripped down
English language, used to limit citizen’s free thought. Throughout 1984
newspeak was used to eliminate negative terms from everyone’s vocabularies
making their conversations much more basic than they once were. For example,
the only way they were able to say the word “bad” throughout the novel would be
to say “ungood”. Today’s English language seems to be developing towards the
same downwards spiral, as everyone’s conversations are based off of short forms
by the use of abbreviations such as “OMG RU serious?” and “LMAO”. The English
language itself is descending to be overly basic and simply built off of these
abbreviations rather than proper English.

 

A massive
component shown in the novel 1984 is Winston’s discovery of what seems to be
and endless war. Winston comes to a realization that the overall enemy tends to
be continuously changing. One week they may be at war with Eurasia, the next
week with Eastasia, it is always constantly changing. As well, the novel
contains many random bombing acts such as throughout part 2 chapter 5, “The
rocket bombs crashed oftener than ever, and sometimes in the far distance there
were enormous explosions which no one could explained about which there were
wild rumours.” This tended to keep the people of Oceania in a constant state of
fear, not sure of what is next to come. This is comparable to the current War
on Terror that has gone on for what seems to be forever throughout the United
States. The War on Terror leaves many American citizens constantly worried
about an ill-defined enemy that could be anyone and anywhere.          

 

As well,
the novel 1984 contained an organization which had the hopes to work towards
taking the pleasure out of sexual interactions, therefore; making it simply a
duty done to help the Party. “The aim of the party was not to merely prevent
men and women from forming loyalties which it might not be able to control. It’s
real, undeclared purpose was to remove all pleasure from the sexual act.” The
current day versions of this are the countless organizations throughout the
world that promote abstinence only sexual education, or are hoping to ban
artificial birth control. Another similar concept in today’s world is the
continuing consent laws making sexual interactions much more difficult, pushing
it towards the direction of it being an inconvenience, much more difficult, and
possibly even to the point of becoming a chore through the beginning stages.
Consent laws continue to have more strict rules being added to them as time
goes on as even in the current day regular consent is not enough. Both partners
must consent in an enthusiastic manner and continue to enjoy and consent the
entire duration of the activity.  

Even some
fairly basic, but not greatly thought of ideas were predicted in Orwell’s 1984,
such as the “memory hole”. The memory hole was a machine that was used to alter
incriminating or embarrassing documents or even make them disappear altogether.
These are very similar to tools such as paper shredders used to shred
documents. Yes paper shredders were invented before 1984; however, were not
commonly used, and the concept of wiping out a hard drive came much further in
the future. The memory hole did in fact foretell both of these technologies.

 

A very
important concept Orwell portrayed throughout his novel 1984 was his concept of
doublethink. Doublethink is the acceptance of two contrary opinions or beliefs at
the same time, or the mental capacity to do so. 1984 contained three main
reoccurring slogans that the party had. They were: “War is Peace; Freedom is
Slavery; Ignorance is Strength”. These were obvious examples of doublethink and
Orwell also had the idea of doublethink occur many times throughout the novel
in a more subtle manner as well. The concept of doublethink has been around
forever; however, it has been realized to be in relation to many very important
concepts people agree with regularly in their everyday lives. A very commonly
believed example is to have both religious beliefs and great beliefs in science
as well. Science greatly contradicts beliefs of God or a creator, but most
people who are religious tend to believe in the sciences being true as well.
Overall, Orwell just showed us how double thinking will continue to become much
more prominent in our lives over time as it can be a really important factor
that many people do without realizing.

 

The
constant predictions from George Orwell’s 1984 that are coming true are
absolutely crazy; however, seem to be going completely unnoticed by everyone. The
novel 1984 ends with the main character Winston going through intense, continuous
rounds over torture. Winston then learns to love Big Brother, and the terrible
world he once hated. Looking at life today it seems as if we have all willingly
given up a lot of our own freedom and almost all of our rights to privacy. A
fear of terrorism plays a part in many areas of the world, but the outstanding
advances in technology through social media has been the upmost reason. In many
cases one gives up their privacy without even realizing they are doing so.

 

It is said
that if you have nothing to hide, you don’t have anything to be afraid of. In
the world we live in today with government agencies being able to monitor all
of our online messages, phone calls and much more we have all become suspects. This
is an extremely scary factor that has continued to progress to the point where there
is almost no turning back now.  No matter
if you were to move to a remote location completely away from everything the
government still has some form of information about you stored somewhere. Big
Brother was George Orwell’s representation of today’s government, making us all
into what Winston Smith became. 

The novel
1984 by George Orwell highlights themes that are currently beginning to greatly
affect our everyday lives. 1984, which was published in 1949, portrays Orwell’s
prophetic, nightmarish vision of how he imagines life will be come 1984.
Orwell’s creation of a “negative utopia” greatly relates to themes that are
becoming relevant in life today. The novel begins with Winston Smith, a very
rebellious character who attempts to work against almost everyone in Oceania, a
place where the over-watching Big Brother tracks everyone’s every move, and the “Party”
takes action when so called “improper” human actions have been committed. Currently,
the National Security Agency is able to check in on all of your google
searches, your Facebook page and practically track your every move, just as Big
Brother did throughout the novel. It is also seen today that almost every
single purchase you make requires your zip code and your home phone number as a
part of your transaction. The uncanny relations the novel has with today’s life
have even managed to spike the novel’s sales dramatically, at one point having
a 9,000% increase of sales on Amazon.com.

 

One of the
biggest relations throughout 1984 and today’s life was Orwell’s so called
“Telescreens”. In the novel the telescreens are two way monitors which are
controlled and monitored by the proclaimed Big Brother. Placed in almost all
public and private places these telescreens spy on citizen’s private lives as
well as broadcast government propaganda, news and any approved entertainment.  These telescreens tend to work very similarly
to objects that we all carry around with us for the majority of the day: our cell phones, as
well as our tablets, computers and practically any other device that connects
to the internet.  Don’t you find it
slightly scary how ads you’re seeing on Facebook and Instagram relate greatly
to the new pair of shoes you bought, or the new cool jacket you were looking at
online? Today the government and other private individuals have the power to
hack into our online accounts and find out whatever they want to know. Websites
such as Facebook, Instagram and even Google track every like, search and post
you make keeping track of everything you do.

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A second
very notable prediction that Orwell made throughout his novel was the use of so
called “newspeak”. Newspeak was Orwell’s version of the much stripped down
English language, used to limit citizen’s free thought. Throughout 1984
newspeak was used to eliminate negative terms from everyone’s vocabularies
making their conversations much more basic than they once were. For example,
the only way they were able to say the word “bad” throughout the novel would be
to say “ungood”. Today’s English language seems to be developing towards the
same downwards spiral, as everyone’s conversations are based off of short forms
by the use of abbreviations such as “OMG RU serious?” and “LMAO”. The English
language itself is descending to be overly basic and simply built off of these
abbreviations rather than proper English.

 

A massive
component shown in the novel 1984 is Winston’s discovery of what seems to be
and endless war. Winston comes to a realization that the overall enemy tends to
be continuously changing. One week they may be at war with Eurasia, the next
week with Eastasia, it is always constantly changing. As well, the novel
contains many random bombing acts such as throughout part 2 chapter 5, “The
rocket bombs crashed oftener than ever, and sometimes in the far distance there
were enormous explosions which no one could explained about which there were
wild rumours.” This tended to keep the people of Oceania in a constant state of
fear, not sure of what is next to come. This is comparable to the current War
on Terror that has gone on for what seems to be forever throughout the United
States. The War on Terror leaves many American citizens constantly worried
about an ill-defined enemy that could be anyone and anywhere.          

 

As well,
the novel 1984 contained an organization which had the hopes to work towards
taking the pleasure out of sexual interactions, therefore; making it simply a
duty done to help the Party. “The aim of the party was not to merely prevent
men and women from forming loyalties which it might not be able to control. It’s
real, undeclared purpose was to remove all pleasure from the sexual act.” The
current day versions of this are the countless organizations throughout the
world that promote abstinence only sexual education, or are hoping to ban
artificial birth control. Another similar concept in today’s world is the
continuing consent laws making sexual interactions much more difficult, pushing
it towards the direction of it being an inconvenience, much more difficult, and
possibly even to the point of becoming a chore through the beginning stages.
Consent laws continue to have more strict rules being added to them as time
goes on as even in the current day regular consent is not enough. Both partners
must consent in an enthusiastic manner and continue to enjoy and consent the
entire duration of the activity.  

Even some
fairly basic, but not greatly thought of ideas were predicted in Orwell’s 1984,
such as the “memory hole”. The memory hole was a machine that was used to alter
incriminating or embarrassing documents or even make them disappear altogether.
These are very similar to tools such as paper shredders used to shred
documents. Yes paper shredders were invented before 1984; however, were not
commonly used, and the concept of wiping out a hard drive came much further in
the future. The memory hole did in fact foretell both of these technologies.

 

A very
important concept Orwell portrayed throughout his novel 1984 was his concept of
doublethink. Doublethink is the acceptance of two contrary opinions or beliefs at
the same time, or the mental capacity to do so. 1984 contained three main
reoccurring slogans that the party had. They were: “War is Peace; Freedom is
Slavery; Ignorance is Strength”. These were obvious examples of doublethink and
Orwell also had the idea of doublethink occur many times throughout the novel
in a more subtle manner as well. The concept of doublethink has been around
forever; however, it has been realized to be in relation to many very important
concepts people agree with regularly in their everyday lives. A very commonly
believed example is to have both religious beliefs and great beliefs in science
as well. Science greatly contradicts beliefs of God or a creator, but most
people who are religious tend to believe in the sciences being true as well.
Overall, Orwell just showed us how double thinking will continue to become much
more prominent in our lives over time as it can be a really important factor
that many people do without realizing.

 

The
constant predictions from George Orwell’s 1984 that are coming true are
absolutely crazy; however, seem to be going completely unnoticed by everyone. The
novel 1984 ends with the main character Winston going through intense, continuous
rounds over torture. Winston then learns to love Big Brother, and the terrible
world he once hated. Looking at life today it seems as if we have all willingly
given up a lot of our own freedom and almost all of our rights to privacy. A
fear of terrorism plays a part in many areas of the world, but the outstanding
advances in technology through social media has been the upmost reason. In many
cases one gives up their privacy without even realizing they are doing so.

 

It is said
that if you have nothing to hide, you don’t have anything to be afraid of. In
the world we live in today with government agencies being able to monitor all
of our online messages, phone calls and much more we have all become suspects. This
is an extremely scary factor that has continued to progress to the point where there
is almost no turning back now.  No matter
if you were to move to a remote location completely away from everything the
government still has some form of information about you stored somewhere. Big
Brother was George Orwell’s representation of today’s government, making us all
into what Winston Smith became. 

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