People hear about political issues all over the news and form their own opinions on them, but are they really deciding beliefs for themselves or are they just believing whatever the media tells them? Because of the modern day media biased, many people do not think independently, even when they think they are. They merely believe the lies the media feeds them and do not research the matter themselves to get an accurate idea of what is truly going on and how the control of information will impact the world around them. Because of people’s tendency to accept any piece of information that gets shoved down their throats, the US is slowly digging itself into the same government-controlled, no-freedom world as in the book 1984 by George Orwell.
In 1984, many people believed that whatever their government said was true despite any common sense that would have told them it was not. Two plus two equals four, yet all of the brainwashed Party-worshippers believed the Party when they said that it equaled five despite no evidence to prove that as an accurate statement (Orwell 80). The Ministry of Truth was in charge of changing facts to lies, even going so far as to rewrite history so people had no trace of what had truthfully happened in the first place. An example rewriting history is when they made the people believe capitalism was bad.
The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave. They owned all the land, all the houses, all the factories, and all the money. If anyone disobeyed them they could throw them into prison, or they could take his job away and starve him to death. When any ordinary person spoke to a capitalist he had to cringe and bow to him, and take off his cap and address him as ‘Sir’. (Orwell 73)
The US has been experiencing a rise of brainwashing media on the topic of gun-control. The news is covered with constant stories about maniac shooters that come into places with assault weapons and kill people, and then insist that this country needs more gun-control to resolve these problems. People buy the story, but where is the evidence to support that gun-control actually works? With research, people can see that the states with the strictest gun laws also have the highest crime rates in the country (Harvard 5). However, most people do not bother to look into these facts and endorse with the media.
Ignorance due to inability to spot biased is a monumental issue in the U.S. In 1984, people did not have an option on who or what to believe. They were all required to watch a Two Minute Hate so they would dislike what the Party wanted them to dislike. The people could only see what the Party wanted them to see as no other channels they existed. In fact, the telescreens could not be shut off at all. Constant exposure to the Party’s beliefs caused people to be biased towards the government’s views. In this country, people hear, watch, and absorb news every day, but they do not always see or...