In George Orwell’S Famous Book 1984, The Party Runs The

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In George Orwell’s famous book 1984, the Party runs the slogan “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past” (Orwell 74). This slogan is a common idea when it comes to The Ministry of Truth. The Ministry of Truth is Orwell’s way of predicting both modern day media manipulation and propaganda because it shows how the media can and does change the past, present, and future. In 1984 propaganda is used to manipulate the population by turning them against one man, Goldstein, as a distraction so that the Party can do as it pleases. The Party is obsessed with the idea of having power at all costs, and obtains power by keeping the public controlled. Modern-day mass media and advertising is a reflection of…show more content…
The only basis he had for his claim was the propaganda surrounding World War II. The U.S. government produced posters, pamphlets, and movies to manipulate the public into supporting the war. Similarly the Party makes the citizens of Oceania believe that they are rightfully at war with Eurasia. They further lie to their citizens by saying that they are actually at war with Eastasia at the end of hate week. Orwell’s character Winston notes “There was, of course, no admission that any change had taken place. Merely it became known, with extreme suddenness and everywhere at once, that Eastasia and not Eurasia was the enemy” (Orwell 374). Orwell was clearly inspired by the lies and drama circling World War II when writing his book; however, many of his ideas were predictions of how future mass media and propaganda will control the world. One way modern day propaganda compares to the propaganda used in 1984 is traditional news media. The Ministry of Truth will remove people from history, change situations, and even completely lie about what country they are at war with so the people of Oceania will trust them and think a certain way. In modern day America there are many different news networks that claim to report the facts; however, information is not always presented to the public in its truest form. News networks such as CNN and Fox often times leave out or even twist data in order to make the argument for what
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