My opinion on if 1984 is represented in today’s society is a complete no. In Orwell’s novel 1984 it was the government, propaganda, and other misleading sociological characteristics that resulted in humanities complete manipulation. Today our societal troubles are completely of our own origin. Society is not suppressed in any form other than by itself.
Today society is careless with privacy, uninformed, by peoples own lack of knowledge, on political and ethical issues, and very secluded from social connections and affairs.
In 1984 the reason for their controlled and miserable lives is all because of Oceania and Ingsoc. Today there is not much governmental control. One thing the government does not control is the internet and information that we have access too. Because of the internet we are able to freely research and develop our own hypothesis about the world and its aspects. This source talks about how we are more knowledgeable about current events such as war, politics, and financial obligations that our country developes. This does not seem like an open and free thinking country? I do believe it is a very open topic and very much so a free state of mind unlike the Big Brother dystopia depicted in Orwell’s novel. In 1984 those citizens were not allowed to think let alone make their own decisions and learn.
Another opposition to our society compared to 1984 is the freedom of religion. There are several types of religions as in Christianity, paganism, atheism, etc. that our government tolerates and does not rule against. This is totally unlike the Big Brother like philosophy in which the entire state of Oceania was forced by its government to be non-religious.
This source is a great interpretation of this concept. I takes the three main lines of the Big Brother society: Ignorance is strength, War is Peace, and Slavery is Freedom, and puts the opposition that religious beliefs hold in perspective. Our society is more of a TOLERANT one than a CONTROLLING one.
There is even the contradiction of propaganda and press. In the US and around the world citizens are free to express their opinions through journalism and propaganda. There is even a day world wide that is celebrated to commemorate our freedoms in press. How is this Orwellian? In 1984 the main character is afraid to keep a personal diary let alone even allowed to think about Press and any freedom to his opinions. Our society today is no where near this unjust action against freedom. How can we say that our lives even slightly compare to those in George Orwell’s 1984?
Obviously our government does not control our lives even remotely close to the Orwellian society depicted in George Orwell’s 1984. We as citizens have more freedoms than we realize, and we can control the amount of privacy we have by what we let other people know about us through religion, press, and the internet. These however are only a few of the freedoms that we take for granted every day.
We could have a Big Brother society…. But luckily we do not!