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)