I was sitting in my economics class and began to ask myself this question. Like what are some examples of the way they are different?
does real freedom exist in today’s world?
Bush’s “fine ally”–the dictator of Pakistan, who staged a coup to seize power–just deported the former Prime Minister–who was elected by the people of Pakistan.
This “ally” of bush’s is the same one who, last year, sighned an agreement with al-Qaida granting them sanctuary in Pakistan.
This dictator–Bush’s ally whom he continues to support and defend, has thus done exactly what the Taliban did–give sanctuary to America’s proven enemies.
Yessiree, Bush is such a great supporter of freedom and democracy. Doesn’t it just boggle your mind?
Propaganda in 1984 by George Orwell
In Oceania, rumors, myths, ideas and false information controls the minds of the citizens. The Party uses propaganda as a powerful weapon against the citizens. There are many types of propaganda used.
One use of propaganda used by the Party is doublethink. “WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” (the Party’s slogans) are all part of doublethink. In this example, the Party is trying to convince the citizens of Oceania that what they want, is what they already have. They do not want freedom, because it is slavery. If they were free, they would be unhappy and would not live the way they do. They are made to believe that war makes peace and serenity. And that not knowing and being unaware of what is going on, is strength. The Party uses these slogans to control the minds of the citizens to believe that anything other than their INGSOC government would not make them happy. This way, the citizens will not consider rebellion because they believe that the Party’s way of government, is the only good way of government.
“Big Brother is Watching You.” This slogan of the Party is used in the media also. This example of doublethink is depicted beneath the picture of Big Brother on posters that are hung about Oceania. This slogan is meant to give citizens a feeling of protection. A feeling of safety. The Party uses this to make them think that within this government, nothing can go wrong. And that if there was no Big Brother, they would not be living like this. This, in fact, is true. But the citizens are brought up believing that without Big Brother, life would not be safe. Everyone within Oceania would be in danger, all the time. Big Brother represents the Party, and INGSOC. “Big Brother is Watching You” makes the citizens feel that the Party will always protect them and make them happy.
Propaganda is brainwash. The citizens of Oceania are brainwashed to think that the Party is really there to help them, to make them happy. “WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” and “Big Brother is Watching You” are examples of doublethink. These uses of propaganda prevent rebellion of the citizens of Oceania because they believe that this society is the ideal society. They believe they are protected, and that they could not be happier. Propaganda is the Party’s deadliest weapon of control.