One of the most famous books of classic literature is definitely 1984, a dystopia by George Orwell. The book was published in 1949 and that is one of the most interesting parts. You ask yourself why?
While reading it, you get a familiar feeling. Have I witnessed this before? That is where its popularity lays. 1984 has been published nearly 70 years ago. You might think that the things are different. I mean, it’s been almost a century and a lot has changed. But the sci-fi story that goes on in a book is as much as reality as it can be. You are able to project things that you read in the book to today’s events.
Orwell wrote this book as a warning. Five years before its publishing, he thought about the thesis of the book and the thing that he had in mind was the rise of totalitarianism. As he says, the police state will force you to believe that two plus two are five.
It was the time of WWII and totalitarian states and its leaders were on the rise. Orwell tried to warn us about the consequences of allowing that to happen. It did happen and we all know what were the results.
What he didn't know is that 70 years after he wrote the book, many parts of this fictional story will turn out to be a reality.
Fictional country, Oceania, is a world of constant war and fear. People are scared, but they don’t know who the enemy is. They just know there is one because the government told them. They were told to fear the foreigners and refugees. The truth and reality are not something that is objective, instead it’s something that the Party says it is.
Does it sounds familiar yet?
You should not believe your eyes or ears, but instead believe only the government. There is no freedom of any kind. You can not make a free choice. People are modeled to be like robots that are doing only what they are being told. They are being eavesdropped and monitored by the government, Party knows their every move. Although this is just fiction not our everyday reality, right?
In the present, we are witnesses of constant tensions between the superpower states. Every day we are being reminded that we should not stop living in fear. Almost everyone is an enemy. Even if you think otherwise, governments will tell you that you are wrong.
Both in the book and in reality, people are too distracted by tabloids and stories about irrelevant things so that they do not care much about politics or current events.
We know that Big Brother is a reality TV show in which people are being recorded 24/7 with their consent. However, it looks like Big Brother has expanded its eyes and ears to all of us. Reports about governments and agencies listening and spying on people and taking advantage of private information without the approval are happening more often. The question is, what will be the limit if there is one?