1984

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1984

Joshua Sanchez
May 7 2004
English 100 M-W
Professor Hu
Not so free after all
Big Brothers eyes are over watching us everyday. The privacy we once had has dissipated.
His focal point is in the sky like an eagle stocking its prey. The camera lenses of Big
Brother dwell everywhere. Big Brother is always awake and has an eye on us. As of today,
Big Brother has risen taller and mightier. He has gained the power to control what we can
have knowledge about and has infiltrated into our private lives. George Orwell's novel
1984, prophesied coming of our democracy of a negative utopia has been proven by current
events. Today, the United States democracy is looking much like the totalitarian state of
1984. Tactics of persuasions to make citizens believe their economy is improving occurred
in 1984 and now in ours. Big Brother regulated the media in Oceania just as America does
now. Reporters fired from speaking to foreigners, lies Administrators from the party tell
their citizens, imperialism to gain territory for natural resources, and the reprisal from
the government from individuals who seem unorthodox.

Over the years in presidential elections, much bribery has been conducted to assure
another presidential term. Citizens expect and would take pleasure in a president who
would improve the economy so they could live in a place that accommodates there budget. A
current event that is taking place of such an issue is with Mr. President Bush.

"In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS, Woodward, a Washington Post editor, said that
Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, had promised
President Bush that the Saudis would cut oil prices before November to ensure the U.S.
economy was strong on Election Day."(Schoen) With this on hand, many citizens with be
lulled to believe Mr. Bush is doing a fantastic job with our economy, escalading to a
re-election from the voters who were persuaded by Bush's plan. Of course, not everybody
has heard of this prophesied event, because it never was made a real major issue that was
broadcasted worldwide through the media. It was introduced once, then vanished so not to
make a major scene. Probably when Mr. Bush seen somebody made a degrading report that may
effect his re-election, he told his friend Collin Powell, chairman of the FCC, to make it
disappear or a least hide it. Just as the Party did in 1984.

Citizens of the U.S. have obtained the information around the world by the media. Either
by the radio, television set, newspaper, or internet sources. Each one of them is censored
by the government department of the FCC, which stands for the Federal Communications
Commission. Much like the ministry of truth, it regulates U.S. broadcast media and
communications markets. Everything a news reporter reports a story on is looked at
beforehand for censorship before it hits the television screen. If for instance he or she
is doing a story on something the Party/Government wishes not to reveal to our eyes and
ears, then the story never hits the screen or air. They only want you to hear what they
want in other words. Since they own the press, they can do this. They follow a concept
called the Authoritarian.

The Authoritarian concept is viewed as the oldest of media concepts, tracing its roots
from the as far back as Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in the mid-fifteenth
century. With this invention came government limitations and restrictions on something
they saw could challenge their authority. "The basic principle of authoritarianism is the
press is always subject to the direct of implied control of the state or sovereign.
Diversity of views is seen as wasteful and irresponsible, harmful to the country's
development. Under this system, the press are allowed to gather and publish news, but the
news must be for 'the good of the state', and should not criticize authority or challenge
the leadership in any way."(McCormick) Everything we see or hear from the press is
intended to come into our conscious as a positive influence of the government. But not
everything is true. For the most part, it is falsified. For example, after the 9/11
tragedy, the news depicted a live crowd of people from the Mid East cheering in the
streets. Automatically, we suddenly had a rage of hatred of any person from the Mid East.
But the truth being, was what was actually being portrayed on the screen was an event that
took place beforehand.

"The Palestinians celebrating the bombing, out on the streets, eating some cake and making
funny faces for the camera. Well, those images were shot back in 1991!!! Those are images
of Palestinians celebrating the invasion of Kuwait!"(Carvalho) The rage that fulfilled our
minds was a figment. We then started to stereotype people from the Middle East. Every one
that resembled somebody from the Middles East was discriminated against and was marked by
society. It was unfair and unjust, but we got the wrong perspective of them by the wrong
portrayal from the media. Watching the 9/11 event on television resembles and is similar
to the Two Minute Hate from the novel 1984. Ever since that tragedy, every U.S. citizen
became more patriotic. Citizens started to purchase American flags and hang them from
their houses or from their cars. We started to show our passion for our country. We showed
we loved our country. We were tricked to believe and forced to love America. We Loved Big
Brother. What we thought was live news that was broadcasted was false news. Even when
reports go for themselves to reveal the truth, they were denied on arrival and were fired.

"It is absolutely necessary to their structure that there should be no contact with
foreigners except, to a limited extent, with war prisoners and colored slaves. If he were
allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to
himself."(Orwell 162) In 1984, they restricted citizens to talk to foreigners for they
might have gained knowledge of each others country and realize it was lies the party told
them about one another prevailing fear the citizens may engage in a revolution to
overthrow the government. "Peter Arnett was fired by NBC for an interview he gave to Iraqi
state television." (Jensen) Fox News' Geraldo Rivera was another reporter that was under
Pentagon scrutiny in which he was shown drawing troop positions in the sand. "CNN, MSNBC
and several wire services reported all day that Arnett had been asked to leave Iraq,
citing Pentagon and military officials. But Fox reported that evening Rivera was still in
the country. Rivera would be the second reporter to be kicked out by the Pentagon for
reporting too many details."(Jensen) Individuals reporting anything that might damage the
reputation of the country will be regulated. Mr. Rivera was simply curious and wanted to
reveal the truth and was regulated upon. Even if citizens hear it is the truth, they could
never know, because most of what they hear is false and because they don't have a hand in
the media. If citizens owned their own broadcasting system, they probably would shut us
down, for we might be seen as a possible threat to the government's reputation if we
reported everybody else's opinion that differs from the government view. For instances,
the rumor that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction was false.

"Vice President Dick Cheney told the Veterans of Foreign Wars, "There is no doubt that
Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them
to use against our friends, against our allies and against us." Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee, "We do know that the Iraqi regime has
chemical and biological weapons. His regime has amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of
chemical weapons—including VX, sarin, cyclosarin and mustard gas." Bush stated in his
weekly radio address: "We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently
authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons—the very weapons the dictator
tells us he does not have."(Board) "More than two months after the US occupation of
Baghdad, and three months after the onset of the American invasion, the Bush
administration has been unable to produce any evidence that Iraq possessed weapons of mass
destruction."(Board) It is obvious that the entire basis on which the White House and the
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