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In the classic novel 1984 author George Orwell writes of a future country called Oceania in which there is nothing that the government doesnt control By limiting the countrys historical knowledge manipulating their minds and conditioning their bodies Big Brother is able to undermine citizens and use them as puppets Though American government isnt as austere as the fictitious one in 1984 there are definite parallels between Orwells writings and todays society In 1984 The Party is in control of every source of information including historical events occurring in the past and the present One day at work the main character of the novel Winston Smith has to rewrite a paragraph of Big Brothers speech in such a way as to make him predict the thing that had actually happened pg 35 In other words he must manipulate the words of an article in such a way as to not make the government appear as anything less than perfect Winston writing in his journal daily automatically assumes that on discovering this secret diary he will surely be put to death because it is not in favor of The Party and contradicts the very belief system of Oceania Big Brother so in control of his country and its citizens is able to literally rewrite history He is able to construct the way the world was is and always will be by simply having the words switched in a document so that it reads more suitably This familiar condition is seen in America on many occasions First so many documents and missions are marked classified and referred as big government secrets What could the government be hiding Surfaced scandals such as innocent civilians being killed and secret bombings during the Gulf War having information on terrorist attacks before the event occurs and hidden documents about flawed big business industries have shown Americans that not only is our government not perfect but that they believe that us knowing
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