How would you compare the society in Orwell's 1984 with present day society?

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There are certainly aspects of Orwell's 1984 society present in the context of the U.S. For instance, there are roughly 30 million surveillance cameras capturing about 4 billion hours of footage a week in the United States alone. We are at a point of being surveilled and watched in a scale that has never before been experienced before in human history. Additionally, the United States imprisons more people per population than any other country in the world. This combination of mass surveillance and mass incarceration certainly has alarming implications for individual and communal freedom. In the era of Trump, while it is not illegal to think negative thoughts about him or the state, Trump has taken to calling any media outlets that criticize him "fake news". This can be compared to the ways in which in 1984 history and information is distorted and branded as fake to suit the state's tactics of control. Our country is also becoming more and more hyper-nationalist. This nationalism is required...

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