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1984 Analytical journal. Explain the role of technology, through methods of surveillance, and how it contributes to the party's overall level of control.

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Nikko Ong 12/16/11 P6 1984 Analytical Journal - Explain the role of technology, through methods of surveillance, and how it contributes to the party's overall level of control. In 1984 by George Orwell, the Party, the ruling political group of Oceania, displays their authority over its people through thee use of technology. The world, in 1984 is split into three different super states all living in a constant state of war, where no side will ever win, allowing each side to focus on their own isolated societies. The Party is an oppressive force that follows the ideology, Ingsoc, an extreme form of socialism. The objective of the Party is to be able to create a utopian society where everything including the mind is controlled. ...read more.


A prime example of this duality is with Julia's Scarlet Anti-Sex Waist Sash. While it depicts her devotion to party doctrine and party cause by adhering to chastity, she actually violates her chastity pledge many times. Originally, Winston believes she was a Party agent because the sash represented her support for the party, but after meeting her, it actually magnifies his love for her because it symbolized an even greater rebellion against the party. With the duality of two different attitudes, the aspect of double-think begins to arise as a major consequence of the Party's psychological manipulation. By allowing contradictory ideas to be kept in the mind and to be able to accept both of them at the same time, the Party is able to break down individual thought, by imposing a new idea over the old contradictory one, without causing much retaliation. ...read more.


Winton's varicose ulcer represents his suppressed individualism, because every time he does something out of the ordinary it would worsen, showing his clear separation against the uniformity of the party, but in the end, it the party cures it, revealing his permanent loss of individualism. The effects of surveillance is epitomized by the ultimate fate of Winston?s surrender of his individuality, his rationality his emotions and ultimately his self. . Although technology is usually affiliated with positive connotations due to its connection to progress, Orwell demonstrates how, if used for the wrong purposes, it can have detrimental effects. In 1984, Technology is not used for the sake of progress, but rather for cynical Party purposes. Through the loss of privacy and indoctrination of uniformity in the Oceania, The party shows a profound rendering and denial of the human mind and spirit. ...read more.

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