However, the most ideal theory for how Big Brother came to an end is that the middle class, also known as the Outer Party, overthrew the government themselves and took over the power. Goldstein describes how Big Brother came to power and holds control of it; he explains which possibility for the downfall of a government is the most accurate. The book also discusses the geographic division of the world in between three major regions: Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia. Goldstein argues that “each of the three powers… is in fact unconquerable, and could only become conquerable through slow demographic changes which a government with wide powers can easily avert” (pg 207). Therefore it is assumed that Big Brother’s downfall could not have happened because of a more powerful government took over, since all three nations are equal in power and cannot take over the other.
Many of us who have read or know the plot of the book either feared for our lives or laughed about it, thinking and hoping that this will never happen to us. But what many don’t realize is that our current society is already living in ‘1984’: constantly surveillances by the government through cameras, and NSA’S hacking of our personal accounts such as Facebook and Google searches. After many terrifying and tragic events, we have given up a lot of rights in exchange of safety. While freedom is what every man desires, ultimately we just want to be safe. Therefore freedom is what the average man desires, but not what the average man truly wants.
This appears to show that the party is mainly after Winston and don't care as much about catching Julia as a thought criminal. At this point the reader is drawn into the book and awaits the conclusion of this important meeting. Maybe the reader is even more exited than Winston and Julia because he has followed their every steps from the beginning and want to see Winston and Julia become heroes by destroying the party and maybe discovering who Big Brother actually is. For Winston this seems probably impossible but the reader knows that anything can happen in a book so he gets captivated and is waiting for the final decision of O'Brien. As always in Oceania the people are being manipulated and in this case they make Winston and Julia believe that the brotherhood exists and we can see that Winston gets tricked and is ready to anything the party wants.
1984 v. 2014 The NSA is watching you. In June of 2013, Edward Snowden, an intelligence contractor for the National Security Agency, revealed just how much Americans were being spied on by their government. He told of a few programs that allowed the NSA to collect information from cables that phone and internet signals ran through, sending shockwaves throughout the country (Smith). This brought many Americans to ask the question, “Are we living in 1984?” 1984 is a book by George Orwell that depicts the life of Winston Smith and his struggle to deal with the strict government of Oceania. This government watches and controls its citizens through telescreens, endless war, Doublethink, and Newspeak.
In George Orwell’s 1984, the government, referred to as the Party, has complete control over its citizens. The Party rules over Oceania, a city that Orwell portrays as a totalitarian society, where the government controls every aspect of the lives of its inhabitants. In Oceania, the government perpetrates false information, distorted ideas, and inaccurate historical events to benefit their own ends. Through control of the media, the Party is able to indoctrinate its beliefs into the minds of its citizens and remain in absolute control. The Party figurehead, Big Brother, is displayed as the most prestigious, honorable, and admired individual in the world.
Government also shapes public opinions through the speeches made as well as the television. When presidents use free prime- time television to present the public with a speech, this is usually an effort to try and unite the people against the enemy (pg. 140 Eitzen & Zinn). In addition, the film gives an excellent example of this type of ideological social control when George W. Bush comes out on television giving a speech promoting only peace between the two countries. The summary of the movie and how it relates to ideological social control is that media is one big international Control Room that controls the actions, opinions, and perception of
Censorship is making terrestrial radio monotonous and it is driving many national figures to satellite radio for freedom. Howard Stern is just one of the major people who have left regular radio for satellite radio. Censorship on regular cable television is also expanding to become a problem with airing shows and many people have resort to extra cable packages such as HBO. Censorship is a violation of ones rights and it should be lessened on both radio and television. It is vital that people in the United States should continually to protect free speech.
Dystopian novels often portray systems of national leadership in which questioning the authority of the government is explicitly forbidden. George Orwell's novel 1984 is one of these stories. The government is known as "Big Brother," who is a symbolic entity continually watching over every citizen. The language, Newspeak, is constantly being updated to control people's
Again sadly people flip on the television; see the reports reporters found of Iraqis begging that we get out that we have only made things worse, they see that our government spends too much money on the war, and that x amount of soldiers died that day. Talk about only hearing one side of the story. Then these people go around and try and argue that one side completely oblivious to all the positive things we have done over there that really outweigh those negatives. Yeah life in Iraq is dangerous right now, but they don’t have a dictator running all over their country anymore. Yeah our government spent a lot of money last month on military expenses, but I say if money buys freedom then that’s money well spent.