‘Form a hypothesis about 1984 and develop a bank of evidence to support it’
Hypothesis: totalitarian dystopian futures mainly feature a corrupt government.
Evidence: For example, George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ has a corrupt government, that lies and gives false information to its people. Inner party members are treated better, similar to how the higher up districts in The Hunger Games do not compete in the games, instead place bets and encourage this inhume behaviour for personal entertainment. Th
Phase 1: Research
- Make a decision about what aspect of Nineteen Eighty-Four is relevant today
- Totalitarian State
- Control through fear
- Invasion of privacy
- Newspeak vs Fake news
- Thought crime
- Identify KEY MOMENTS and supporting quotes in Nineteen Eighty-Four
“It’s a beautiful thing, the Destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word, which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take ‘good,’ for instance. If you have a word like ‘good,’ what need is there for a word like ‘bad’? ‘Ungood’ will do just as well – better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of ‘good,’ what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like ‘excellent’ and ‘splendid’ and all the rest of them? ‘Plusgood’ covers the meaning or ‘doubleplusgood’ if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already, but in the final version of Newspeak there’ll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words – in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that, Winston? It was B.B.’s idea originally, of course,” he added as an afterthought. (1.5.23, Syme)”
- By reducing the words, the inner party seeks to narrow the range of thought altogether, such that eventually, thoughtcrime will become impossible. This can be seen in the present, through modern examples of newspeak/doublespeak. Examples include; citizens being referred to as “taxpayers”, implying that the primary source of a citizen is to pay taxes. “Human intelligence” refers to the government being able to spy on the population for the greater good. However most people don’t realise that this is just a name given to distract the population from what is really happening.
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.” (1.5.23, Syme)
- This just proves the point above.
- Consider the actual 1984 era in the light of this
- Research parallels with 2017
- This can be seen in 2017 through
- News items – Fake news constantly keeps the population amused/distracted whilst major events happen in the background that the population never hears about. Almost similar to the iceberg effect.
- Media – The media is able to select what they want the population to see, therefore articles/news on the media is not always representative of the actual event. “Iceberg Effect”
- New media internet – Internet such as Wikipedia is so unreliable, anyone with an account is able to access and alter almost any wikipedia article. Many people use this and collect fake/false information, as there is no solid way to deem any article false or correct.
- Social media such as; Facebook, Youtube – Provide constant fake news and complete nonsense that distracts the population often gives them a wrong headset towards events. For example the page ‘NZ Herald’ which is supposed to be ‘news’ constantly posts derogatory nonsense, completely irrelevant to the actual news. This is just a big distraction for the population – similar how Orwell uses the war propaganda to distract the population in 1984 from the actual events occurring.
- Multinationals – Facebook? Could potentially have algorithms to portray events differently to different populations.
- Contemporary dystopias
- Decide on your tense:
- Dystopian Genre Study
- Historical context
- Plan the structure of your answer
- Draft a practice paragraph
In the novel, ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ by George Orwell
I’m not sure how I should go about writing what I want: I want to talk about how the media uses fake/irrelevant news to suppress/distract the population from the real events occurring – similar to how Orwell distracts the population through war Propaganda.
Do you have any quotes about fake news/distracting the population from 1984?