Essay - George Orwell's 1984 in Orwell's Novel, the Concept of Doublethink...

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George Orwell's 1984

In ***** novel, the concept of Doublethink and Big Brother allowed the government to tell citizens carefully thought-out lies and to get rid of morality while claiming to be moral. After all, democracy was not possible in this fictional story and the Party would decide what is democratic and what was *****, what ***** good for the people to know, ***** ***** was not ***** for the citizens ***** know. Unfortunately, ***** the U.S. over ***** past few years there are plenty of examples of ***** - in fact official ***** and deception have been all too common.

***** the ***** 1984, the Ministry of Plenty had promised citizens *****y would produce 145 million pairs ***** boots, but only 62 million pairs were made. The information put out then ***** that "...the Party ***** made five ***** more boots last year ***** they had expected to." But wait, in the same paragraph ***** Chapter 3, it was possible ***** "no ***** at all were *****," because even though the newspaper said five million extra pairs were made, " could see that half the people in Oceania had no boots." This is an example of Orwellian government putt*****g lies in ***** form of propaganda out in newspapers, to make the public think ***** things are fine, when *****y are not ***** at *****.

This concept is not unlike the Bush Admin*****tration in Washing*****n, which, among many other *****, has admitted bribing journalist Armstrong Williams with $241,000 to write positive stories about education programs (including "No Child Left Behind"), according to Howard Kurtz of the Washing*****n Post. Paying a profession*****l journalist to say and ***** untrue things about a progr*****m is similar to lying about how ***** ***** ***** government has produced. It's pure propaganda. Designed ***** convince the public of things that are not necessarily true.

And perhaps just as jaded and unconscionable, *****er ***** Administration officials have testified in Congress under oath ***** *****y editorially changed science reports before they were rele*****ed to the public, to make Global Warm*****g seem not as serious as it really is, among other things. This f*****s right in the Orwell novel; Winston edits historical accounts in order to fit with the current policies of the government. In ***** words, Orwell's fictional government wanted ***** ***** to know what the government felt would be good for *****m to know, not what people really truly needed to know (i.e., the truth).

As ***** the Bush Administration's censoring sc*****nce to spare the ***** from hearing the real **********, the Christian Science Moni*****r reported that the White House "has broadly attempted to control which climate scientists could speak with reporters, as well ***** editing scientists' congressional testimony on ***** change..." (Clayton, 2007). The Bush Administration ***** "particularly active in stifl*****g [*****] discussion of the link *****tween increased hurricane intensity ***** global warming," the article reports.

***** the novel, the Ministry ***** Truth tweaked photographs in ***** to present a f*****lse image to the public. And


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