This article argues that America today is comparable to the dystopian classic, 1984 by George Orwell. Seeing as 1984 was a futuristic dystopia at the time, it showcased several “new” technologies that are looking awfully familiar today.
In 1984, there were large telescreens capable of showing images and propaganda to the people, which didn’t exist when Orwell wrote it. This is mirrored by the screens Americans today see everywhere they go, from telephones to cell phones, computer screens and the large signs displaying colorful images everywhere we go.
Today, it cannot be argued against that people are under almost constant surveillance. Given, this data collected from our phones, computers, and digital lives goes largely unused, to our knowledge, but what happens to the information collected to us can change as quickly as the Administration. They also argue for the point by bringing up the Edward Snowden case in which Snowden illegally leaked thousands of classified documents to tell the people how much information is actually recorded about their lives by their own government and what was being done with that information. .
The “Endless War” , that is, the war of the central government of 1984, Oceania, against either Eurasia or Eastasia. These two countries were named interchangeably as the enemy, sometimes, one of them being an ally. This was used as a distraction tactic to enslave the people. This too, is similar to the going ons of America today. Since 9/11 the average American has learned to hate and fear their own enemy, the dreaded “ill defined enemy.”
The speculation is that this war is meant to distract and enrage citizens so they are too caught up and fired up to notice the problems going on at home.
I recommend this article for some of our researchers who are talking about how technology in dystopias mirrors the reality of today.
Beale, Lewis. “We’re Living ‘1984’ Today.” CNN, 3 Aug. 2013, www.cnn.com/2013/08/03/opinion/beale-1984-now/. Accessed 21 Feb. 2017.