1984 and Today’s Society Essay

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1984 and Today’s Society

Though 1984 was written well before the year 1984 and it is now 2005, there are many similarities between the book and today’s society.
Relationships of all kind have less value, the government watches one’s every move (or at least has the capability to), and large groups of people are influenced to believe opinions at school due to the government. The government has regulations and records on everything and everybody. George Orwell may not have been very far from predicting the truth when writing 1984 in 1948.

In the United States today, anywhere from something as harmless as television shows to the government itself promotes less sanctity of a loving family much like 1984. In the book, children
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Love today is overlooked and a family based on love can rarely exist in the right tense as it use to years ago. Percentage of divorced people in the United States has gone from
6% of the population to 10% in 2002, and the numbers are still rising
(CITE). A few percent does not seem like much until one looks at the millions living here in the United States and the statistic including people who have never been married and/or do not have children. Television shows influence many children, the average teenager watches four to six hours of television a day. It s very rare that a television show has a whole, normal family. It is very common; however, that a television show displays a dysfunctional one. The government also has a role in society as it did in 1984. The government continually passes laws that makes divorce easier and easier to occur. (CITE?) The easier it is, the more frequent it will happen in our society. The sanctity of marriage…degraded once again.

The government we have today can track almost anything, making evidence of a crime much easier to find. In 2002, the United States passed the Patriot Act, allowing the government to look at all public college and school information, one’s personal internet, and even library records. In 1984, evidence for crimes were set up in the form of microphones , “telescreens”, spies, and “Thought Police”. Both
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