Is this 1984 society possible?Explain why you think this could be the case.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Good question for the discussion board! :)

On one hand I think that this society is possible and that perhaps Orwell had it right on the money when he created the book without fully realizing the possibilities. The government has a lot more power over its people than it did in the 1940s and the US government continues to progress in that direction. With the advancements made in technology it's possible to have a Big Brother type society. There is hardly a place on the planet left that a person can go and not be found. Computers, GPS, the Internet, this age of information makes it easy to be watched. If people continue to value ignorance over intelligence and give the government too much power then I think 1984 is a probability in our future. People today would rather someone else think and do for them and with everything being "PC" all the time our speech is being diminished as well, just like the creation of Newspeak.

On the flip side of the coin because we have so much technology it is difficult to know all, all of the time. If people start to take more responsibility for what they do, we might be able to avoid it.

 

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animalfarmer | eNotes Newbie

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Yes the world of 1984 could be a reality!!!  :) 

Throughout history we have seen examples of the beginnings of a society like this, but none have take the required step (rewriting history) by changing the past the state can complete control the people's thoughts.  With today's technology we can easily change the past with just a click of a mouse.

But even this would not be enough to total suppress the feelings of revolt.  With the ease of travel there would have to be no communication to others outside the state.  This would be the hardest aim to acheve and that is why i feel that this will not happen for at less 50 years. 

People have gladly suffered statism without the 'feelings of revolt'.  Not permanently, but the impetus to destroy those societies came from without not from within.  This is because the majority of people care more for personal safety and meeting their base needs than anything else.  It's the entire basis for 'a chicken in every pot' politics.  Elevate the principles of state dependency and moral equivalency into a belief system, and people become very malleable.

Hypnosis and brainwashing are easier than one might think.  Just ask any advertising exec.  Pavlovian conditioning is a daily fact of life.  The average video game is a great example of stimulus-response transferrance.  

I agree with you that the supression or altering of History is required for it to stick.  You're really so certain that's not occuring on a daily basis? 

You're positive the History being taught in public school hasn't been subtly altered to reflect the bias of certain elements of society?  Would you be able to detect the bias as being so if it were reflected also in the daily dose of psychological conditioning you receive from the media?

Second-hand history is always by definition rewritten history.  The only texts that have any real merit are unabridged ones written by the principals involved.  How many take test books and media accounts at face value without examining the bias of their source?

Orwell wrote his books as a cautionary tale.  Have some instead used it as an instruction manual?  How long until Orwell is no longer main-stream literature? I wonder.

 

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siantc | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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Yes the world of 1984 could be a reality!!!  :) 

Throughout history we have seen examples of the beginnings of a society like this, but none have take the required step (rewriting history) by changing the past the state can complete control the people's thoughts.  With today's technology we can easily change the past with just a click of a mouse.

But even this would not be enough to total suppress the feelings of revolt.  With the ease of travel there would have to be no communication to others outside the state.  This would be the hardest aim to acheve and that is why i feel that this will not happen for at less 50 years. 

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