The Utah Data center fits Rowel’s prediction about our government spying on us. “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 on 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 moment scrutinized. (Orwell 2), wrote Orwell from Winston viewpoint. This explains exactly how N. S. A is monitoring the lives of American’s. The United States is not the only place where spying on their citizens occurs; North Korea is a major culprit of censoring and spying on the people living in their country. Not only does the government spy, but they manipulate the minds of their tizzies to believe what Is told to them and to not question It.
An article written about the censorship In North Korea states, “The print media and radio and TV stations continue to proclaim the greatness of North Korean socialism, the late Eternal President Kim II-sung and the current leader and secretary of the Workers’ Party, Kim Gong-II. Using well-rehearsed rhetoric, the regime’s media no longer hesitate to tackle the subject of media freedom and freedom of expression, especially when south Korea Is concerned. ” (Small 9) The text discusses the terms of which the North Korean government manipulate the people greatly in order for them to believe that their leader is full of “greatness. This Is similar to 1984 when the book states, “The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film tofu the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end. ” (Orwell 183) The excerpt from the book supports Rowel’s prediction of manipulation and how it would arise over the course of the following 50 years. Not only did Orwell predict manipulation from he government, but also lying to the people. In the United States, the government is constantly lying and withholding important information from its people.
There are people called weightlessness who release classified information about the government to the people. They are seen as spies by the government, but heroes to the people of America. One of the most famous weightlessness is Mark Felt. He was an FBI agent that leaked information about the Watergate scandal which ultimately led to President Richard Onion’s resignation. However, a more recent story in the headlines of the news is Bradley Manning. Manning released thousands of classified military documents on Weeklies.
He revealed information such as, “A secret video, nicknamed “collateral murder” that showed US air crew laughing after killing dozens of people (including reporters and civilians) in an air strike; detailed records of the civilian death toll in Iraq (even though the military repeatedly said there was no record), out of 109,000 deaths logged in a six year period, 66,081 were unarmed civilians; US Soldiers committed horrific acts of torture on Iraqi prisoners, and despite hundreds of filed complaints, authorities never investigated. (Grant) Manning is currently being faced with 21 charges and will face a life sentence in Jail.
The government will always lie; even in 1984 when Winston is listening to Big Brother speak during hate week. “His voice, made metallic by the amplifiers, boomed forth an endless catalogue of atrocities, massacres, deportations, looting’s, rapping, torture of prisoners, bombing of civilians, lying propaganda, unjust aggressions, broken treaties. It was almost impossible to listen to him without being first convinced and then madden. ” (Orwell 160) Winston knew that the government was lying to him, but e never had the proof and he never would until he was in room 101 and O’Brien tells him, “We do not make mistakes of that kind.
All the confessions that are uttered here are true. We make them true. ” (Orwell 227) When O’Brien says this to Winston he explains that the government can take anyone and they will believe whatever is told to them even if it is as ridiculous as “two and two make five. ” (Orwell 247) In Rowel’s novel 1984 he predicts the future conditions of society in the sass’s. Even though his predictions were wrong then, they are beginning to show truth now. The overspent watching someone’s every move is more plausible now than ever and occurs every waking minute in the United States by the N.
S. A. In North Korea the minds of citizens are manipulated by radio propaganda and television Just as they were in 1984. The worst of all is the amount of information withheld from Americans each and every day is staggering and mirrors Rowel’s book perfectly. Sadly, Orwell was right with his prediction; everyday our society creeps closer towards total government control and manipulation. The people must fight to prevent such a destruction of truth and freedom because society cannot become 1984. Crouch, Ian. So Are We Living in 1984? ” The New Yorker. Coned Nasty, 11 June 2013.