Aspects of 1984 Today
Modern Examples in America
Modern Examples in Other Countries
1) Privacy invasions
1) North Korea Blackouts and Drills
2) Marriage Control
2) Kids Fighting in Armies
3) Public Surveillance
3) Placing the Blame
4) War on Terror
4) Cult Brainwashing
5) Pledge of Allegiance
5) Apartheid Laws in Africa
6) Censorship
6) Oppression in North Korea
7) Confessions
7) Food Rationing in Cuba
8) Texting
8) Dress Code
9) Changing the facts
9) China Control
10) The New Thought Police
10) China Working Conditions

Modern Examples In America

1) Privacy
is a big deal to Americans; it is something we expect to have we are in our homes.
Privacy includes keeping our information alone and not available for anyone to access whenever they want.
This video is two experts talking about how the government gaining access to all files and
information people have is an invasion of privacy on Fox Buisness.

Two professionals involved in security programs discuss how having access to people's files is an invasion.

2) Marriage Control
or the restriction of who people can be with and in what ways.Our government sets laws about marriage.
You have to be licensed to be married so it is recognized by the state, but why?
You have to be pay for the state to recognize that your are with someone, gay or straight.
In George Orwell's 1984 the Inner Party restricts any kind of physical contact and marriage is only for the purpose of having children.
The people in 1984 had to go through the Inner Party in order to get married like paying for a license today.
The Government Control of Marriage addresses the issue of need less government control over marriage.
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3) Public Surveillance
like the telescreens in 1984, is everywhere.
There are cameras on the streets, in stores, and in just about every building.
In Seattle 30 cameras were installed along a waterfront.
They allowed constant surveillance to protect people, but also installed a fear
in people that they were constantly being monitored for no reason. Seattle Story


4) War on Terror
is our never ending war like the war between Eastasia/Eurasia in 1984.
We are constantly fighting an enemy we can't see or track down because the act of terrorism happens in the mind.
The government can't control how all people think and now the government has a reason
to intervene all around the world because they are doing it for "our protection".


5) Pledge of Allegiance
is the American form of swearing loyalty to Big Brother in 1984.A bill in Arizona actually required
public school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance as an oath to America.
There are no exceptions to the bill, but it is being looked at as unconstitutional.

6) Censorship
is the act of keeping information from people.In 1984 information was constantly being changed
and there were things that were kept from Outer Party members and the Proles.
Today in America shows are censored, schools block websites that could be beneficial for learning information,
and ban t.v. shows and radio stations because of obscene content, but how does a group of people(FCC) get to decide what people can handle.


7) Confessionswere a thing forced upon people in George Orwell's 1984 because you had no other choice.
Today people are on talk show all the time and confess everything they've ever done.
They confess on that they have cheated on their significant other or have tried to kill their children out of pure rage


8) Texting has transformed the way people talk to each other. Whole phrases are cut down to a few letters.
People are slowly realizing that their texting language is rolling over into how they really speak or write important papers.


9) Changing the Facts
If you assume the information is correct then the person who created it could change the information to fit their needs.There are also contribution research sites, like Wikipedia, that allows other peopleto change information others have already presented to the world as correct.


10) The New Thought Police
The National Security Agency has been developing a device that can read your thoughts.
Using any information collected from phone calls, documents, bank statements, etc.
they can eventually know where and what people are doing along with what and how they think


Examples in Other Countries
1. North Korea Blackouts and Drills
In 1984 the party members were awoken every morning to exercise drills and had no guarantees of power at all time in their buildings.
In North Korea everyday the citizens go through an enemy attack drill and every night they are plunged into an eerie darkness that also leaves them without heat.
This people in the country believe they are sacrificing for a greater cause beyond themselves.


2. Kids Fighting in Armies
In multiple countries in Africa war-lords and other agencies have armies of teenagers and children.
They are perfect because they are "easily manipulated, intensely loyal, fearless, and, most important, in endless supply."
The countries in Africa that have children fighting in wars reminds me of the Parson's children that were apart of the junior spies.
They would pretend to kill people and turned in their own family member.


3. Placing the Blame
North Korean leaders blame the United States for the way they live.
They say that the United States has "hostile behaviors" that have forced them to build weapons to defend themselves against an attack.
In 1984 The Inner Party was constantly blaming Goldstein for everything along with Eastasia/Eurasia.


4. Cult Brainwashing

Steven Hassan tells his story about how he joined a cult and didn't even know it.
He eventually became a leader who did everything he could for the group.
The group convinced him to drop out of college and cut off all contact with his friends and family.
It wasn't until he got to an accident and was forced to stay out of the cult's seclusion that
he contacted his family again and they forced him to see a different view.

5. Apartheid Laws in Africa
The apartheid laws completely segregate the dark skinned from the white skin.
They prohibit mixed marriages, forces physical separation between races, prevents protests by blacks, and a lot more.
The blacks purpose in society is to do things that benefit the minority.

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6. Oppression in North Korea
Song Ee Han retells her story about escaping North Korea.
She was forced to leave her only son behind because he was they were all to weak to continue on with him.
She lives with constant reminders of her life in North Korea including scars where she was beaten by North Korean soldiers.
Her and two of her daughters now live in the United States, a place she and so many others believed were her home countries enemy.


7. Food Rationing in Cuba
In Cuba there are ration books that allow for a certain amount of food per person.
The ration book allows for families that can't make enough money to get some kind of food.
They rations are helpful to some people, but if it wasn't for the high prices of items and the low
wages they wouldn't need the books and people wouldn't be getting the bare minimum.


8. Dress CodeMuslim Women are required by their religion to wear a long dress and a veil that cover them from head to toe leaving only the eyes uncovered. They have no say and wear this dress out fit everyday.Just like in 1984 the right to wear what you want it taken away.


9. China Control
China is making tight rules on internet use even tighter for their citizens. The rules were tightened the first time after social media provided help with the downfall of governments in Egypt and Tunisia. The new rules are suppose to help people and protect their privacy. These new rules will also go on top of the blocking of movies, books, and other media.


10. China Working Condition
Lu Qingmin explains that at age 16 she went to work in the city to help support her family.
She eventually gets married, has two children, then leaves them to go work again.
Many women go through this every year in China.There only goal is to support their family.
They are paid a dollar or less a day and work extremely long hours.


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