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How 1984 impacts us in the modern day
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1984 George Orwell Party Rally

The novel 1984 takes place in Oceania, a large Empire known as a Superstate in the story.  Many people believe that this book is relevant today because it has been interpreted and used in modern times. And it serves as a warning of how easy Autocratic governments can take over Democracies and Republics. 

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four  sends a political message and is a symbol of a vague-yet-terrifying reality where freedom ceases to exist. Through the creation of this book, words like “Orwellian,” “Big Brother,” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four, “became popular terms.

Benjamin Secino, journalist, talks about 1984 in his article:  “He wasn’t talking merely about fascism. He wasn’t talking merely about Stalinism. He was talking about totalitarianism and the totalitarian mindset. And I think there’s lots of evidence that the totalitarian mindset to varying degrees is still around. Saddam Hussein. North Korea. Even here [in America] it’s very difficult to read the pronouncements of John Ashcroft and Homeland Security without having twinges of worry about what people would accept here in terms of social control.”

The central theme of 1984 is not just a theme in modern day dictatorships, totalitarianism is a possibility and can spread anywhere.
In today’s world, news hosts like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson  have their agenda that they are trying to push. For example, after the United States Presidential Election in 2020, hosts on Fox manufactured a national conspiracy that led to the voting machines stealing the election from Trump. My view on this is that in extreme cases like the election conspiracy in 2020 can shift your political view on the world and how you view others to the point where you can not understand or even see the point that someone of another point of view is trying to get across. 

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“Here, Orwell lays out clear examples of the ways in which language can be twisted “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of solidity to pure wind,” Secino said. 

Newspeak or propaganda can alter one’s mind to the point where lies turn into the truth. The truth turns into a lie.  For example, the motto of

Ingsoc, “War is Peace,” “Freedom is Slavery,” and “Ignorance is Strength.” The result of Newspeak is the brainwashing in altering the mind to push a political motive. With the end goal of weakening freedom of thought and putting it into one sect or denomination of thinking.

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John B. Covington, Staff Writer
Johnny Covington is a sophomore at CVHS. He likes to play videogames, partakes in  quiz bowl as well as robotics. He enjoys all types of music, and loves watching sports. He loves how kind the students and teachers of Carnegie are, and appreciates the welcoming environment. He’s an intellectual student who strives to do his best in school, and he’s eager to publish his first ever news story.
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    ShawnJan 19, 2024 at 10:27 am

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