Out of no where the screaming alarm hits my ears. Not even enough time to sense the tone all I hear is something annoying. I role what feels like slowly but it must have been much faster to reach for my phone. The bright light rushes to fill the eyes and as I’m gathering reality, I find the stop button. Confused I stare back up at the roof one more time, thats when this rush of heat runs through me. Being flooded
George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is more than a work of fiction. It is a dire warning. Explore the means by which Orwell reaches through the decades and grabs us by the neck: what is he trying to tell is?
Rough plan/guide line.
How in 1984 Big brother invades the privacy/ gives the citizens no privacy.
Quotes: "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU" "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away."
By invading the privacy of the citizens the state is able to manipulate the thoughts of citizens. It gains the ability to direct their thoughts in a way which favours the state. (add Orwell intention)
How we have lost privacy in our current society
Our governments have endless information on us. Not only do governments but large “big data companies” store endless information of us. We have no control over how this is handled. No controls over information such as medical info, all IDs, internet usage, all data collected from any device we use such as GPS Microphone camera picture face detection current. Is it concerning should we trust these companies to look after our private information. Should the be allowed to sell it
The warnings that we need to take from 1984 about the invasion of pricacy in our current society
Is Orwell warning us that governments can turn against us and us this information. Is he showing us how with this information they have the ability to manipulate our thoughts. Are they already doing this are the recent American elections a potential example of how thoughts have been manipulated.
Questions and thoughts
How to channel this warning through a Marxist view/lens
I need to finalise a question or a key thought I plan to investigate and is the structure effective in answering my question/analysis
look into how realities were back in 1984 and look at ways of tying that into my analysis
Research (opinions and information found online)
”1984” is a political statement. It contains no prophetic declaration, only a simple warning to mankind. Orwell did not believe that 35 years after the publication of his book, the world would be ruled by Big Brother, but he often proclaimed that 1984 could happen if man did not become aware of the assaults on his personal freedom and did not defend his most precious right, the right to have his own thoughts.
Nobody is safe. No information is private. The government can see more than you want them to and there is nothing you can do to stop it
Thought police (link this to Morden algorithms used to analyse our mood)
Breaking down of social fabric
“He turned around. It was his friend Syme who worked in the Research Department. Perhaps ‘friend’ was not exactly the right word. You did not have friends nowadays, you had comrades:”
To us it seems that Winston and Syme are friends, they have a relationship where they share and express thoughts between them. However the party doesn’t want there to be friendship. They have abolished the word friend and everyone in the party has to refer to each other as “comrades”. No one has a title and this way the party doesn’t allow any individuals to express their own individuality. All comrades are meant to be the same and have one common interest, the interest for big brother.
We know life where we have relationships and connections with other citizens of the same state and even with citizens of different citizens. Orwell shows us that when a state gains control over relationships they have more control over the citizens. They are able to manipulate them and even as we see in the sate of Oceania abolish them. Friendships are a vital to us they are a huge factor in our mental wellbeing and at the same time they can tell a lot about us. Our personalities and opinions are formed from the conversations and activities we do with our friends. This is our individuality. What Orwell is warning us from is that if we let the state in on our connections we are giving them the chance to control us. They become able to form our friendships and then eventually our opinions and beliefs. This is why the citizens now believe big brother is the one and only and he is always right.
One article I found on how quick we are to name mass attacks as terrorism. http://www.theonion.com/article/american-public-clarifies-rational-measured-respon-53973
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