Vision compared to our World Today Our world today is almost the same as what George Orwell explains in his book “1984”. George Orwell came up with a story like 1984 and it is amazing that his book is almost similar to how life is in 2013. For example, in 1984: telescreens were in all public and private places, so the populace could be watched to prevent thoughtcrime. Now: Surveillance cameras are in most buildings (operated by businesses), and in some public streets (operated by police) to prevent crime.
Although most of these cameras are operated by private businesses instead of our intrusive government, the end result is the same. Another example would be, 1984 : Useless statistics, incorrect economic predictions, and slanted opinion polls are presented on the telescreen as “legitimate news”, to give people the impression that “things are getting better”, and that all people agree with the popular way of thinking.
Today: Useless statistics, incorrect economic predictions, and slanted opinions polls are presented on the Evening news as “legitimate news”, to give people the impression that “things are getting better”, and that all people agree with the popular way of thinking. There is a ministry of peace in 1984, we call it the department of defense. Also, the Thought Police can be related to our regular police. I feel that the Thought Police have taken their unofficial laws and rules to a severe extreme and impressed the people so bad under them that they are forced to live in fear.
Now-a-days, people actually live in fear when a cop is around.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone not say, “Look! It’s a cop! Watch out! “, or something to that effect in which they are afraid to act as if they would without the cop’s presence. Therefore, both the citizens in our world and 1984’s are forced to feel fearful and guilty when a face of authority is around, but obviously with the Thought Police it was a bit more stressful and strict.
Also, Big Brother is said to be watching everyone in 1984 and the government can invade the people’s privacy in the novel, and how our government today can very well invade ours too. President Bush’s passing of the Patriot Act enabled the random government officials to snoop around with our phone lines, therefore violating our freedom of speech in a sense. And, once again, in challenging our rights, we are forced to live under a stronger sense of fear.
I feel that Orwell is really trying to say that our government and nation is and can become a dystopia, if we allow it to. The people need to take a stand and fight for their rights. If everyone remains silent, then no changes will take place. Speaking out is truly the key to getting what you want, and it will keep us from forming a dystopiatic lifestyle. It is crazy how George Orwell wrote this book in the 1940s and 70 years later, is almost similar to our world today.