What are some examples of Big Brother, Newspeak or thoughtcrime in the real world?

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A thoughtcrime in1984 is having any thought that is not completely orthodox. Today, people's lives can be ruined if they tweet something that is not politically correct according to the standards of a particular group or if they stand up for an unorthodox opinion: for the "crime" of free...

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A thoughtcrime in 1984 is having any thought that is not completely orthodox. Today, people's lives can be ruined if they tweet something that is not politically correct according to the standards of a particular group or if they stand up for an unorthodox opinion: for the "crime" of free speech, they can have their private information plastered across the internet, receive death threats, and have to leave their homes to protect their family members.

Newspeak is the attempt to simplify the language as much as possible. Simplified versions of classic texts, such as works by Edgar Allen Poe or O'Henry, which use only a sixth or eighth grade vocabulary, can be seen as a version of Newspeak. Much more can be gained intellectually by struggling with a difficult text and much lost using a simplified version, even if it is easier. Difficult words can communicate difficult concepts and can challenge us to think.

Big Brothers, dictatorial figures who lie, manipulate people, and bully—all while demanding unconditional loyalty—pop up over and over again. Two prominent examples from the past would be Hitler and Stalin. I wouldn't want to comment on today, but you could surely come up with more than one, perhaps even in your school.

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An example of Big Brother is GPS. Our cell phones are beginning to all be equipped with it, and so are new cars. If someone wanted to locate you with either one of those, they would be able to do so. Furthermore, traffic cameras and cameras in stores and schools monitor most of public interaction.

Newspeak is easily compared to how texting and slang are both shortening words in the world today. There are many acronyms that have minimized the needs for entire sentences to be communicated: LOL, LMFAO, OMG, TTYL, BTW, TMI, FYI. Rap has minimized the need to use complete sentences, it has also deformalized language.

Thoughtcrime can be traced as text messages, facebook posts, and emails are easily tracked if police feel the need to search a person. These tidbits are pieces of intellectual property, but they are published so they are thoughts that can be found. It used to be that the ideas we put on facebook or twitter were just said aloud or remained in our heads.

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