Orwell Was Right Essay

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Whether people want to believe it or not, many aspects of the dystopian society described in the novel Nineteen-Eighty-Four by George Orwell, depicted in Roy Orgen’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four Rationale” and portrayed in the class presentations, exist in society today. With the world being in the midst of a technological revolution, there is an ever increasingly disturbing amount of personal information stored on the internet. Language and government regulations are continuously being refined to further meet the needs of society and the government in charge. With all the technological and educational progress society has made from 1948 until now, it is frightening to see that in many aspects, the ...view middle of the document...

Verbal censorship has been a primary issue entering the 21st century due to the ideas of being politically correct and the increasing ambiguity of speech. An author from Wordiq.com has commented on how new politically correct terms are “awkward, euphemistic substitutes for the original stark language.” This statement identifies the opinion of how words lose meaning and emphasis when altered due to political reasons. This idea is directly portrayed in Nineteen-Eighty-Four, when Syme states “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words”, alluding to the idea of Newspeak. (28). Orgen further supports this idea, stating how people’s sense of reality is “relentlessly undermined by gobbledygook and euphemisms” (Rationale). While the notion of being politically correct helps protect certain groups from discrimination, it is becoming increasingly difficult to have emphasis and affectivity in how people deliver their thoughts.

The security of the information people share online has become progressively more difficult to ensure as society further advances through the 21st century. Many new technological inventions, such as Google Glass’ built in GPS system and integrated online storage have critics questioning whether or not the safety of our information and ideas are still intact (Minitrue). This concept directly correlates to the society of Nineteen Eighty-Four, where Winston realizes that “if you want to keep a...

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