1984 and Censorship
Maybe my mind is on censorship after our semester project, but while reading George Orwell’s 1984 it was definitely on my mind. A major point in the novel that stood out as censorship was the rewriting of history. The government was using the ‘facts’ of history as a type of control on their society. I also related 1984 to Zamyatin’s We in terms of censorship/controlling society.
In 1984 the people’s thoughts are controlled, which reminded me of how human emotion/nature was controlled. Being taught that thinking something/feeling something is wrong is a great way to control people. In 1984 language was controlled, by not allowing words for things like ‘freedom’ it is hard for someone to think of such a thing. Without having words for things, there is little to no grasp on them. If the people do not know that they are being controlled, it is much easier to keep them under control. This creates a very narrow mindset within society too, which I would assume makes it much more difficult for someone to be revolutionary in realizing that something is wrong or that things could be different. It is really interesting to see how language can dictate a society and be used to alter history strategically to continue to control society in the future. Just like the main slogan of ‘War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength’. If those meanings are applied to the words, how could you know any different?