Newspek In George Orwell's '1984'

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After studying “Newspeak” in detail, one can realize how modern forms of communication such as texting and tweeting compare but also contrast in how they reduce the thought range and censor free-thoughts.

In Part 1, Chapter 5, Winston has an intense conversation with Syme; the man in charge of the creation of Newspeak. "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." In other words, Newspeak's goal is to avoid rebellion and thougtcrime towards the 'Party'. Likewise, as journalist Steven Pinker describes, nowadays 'Media' is narrowing our thought range. "PowerPoint, we're told, is reducing discourse to bullet points. Search engines lower our intelligence, Twitter is shrinking our attention spans." Not only Newspeak is rejecting ideas, also search engines, such as Google are encouraging us to skim on the surface of knowledge rather than dive into depths. What this statement exemplifies, is that both Newspeak and the 'Media' are shrinking our ideas and lowering
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As an example of my point is the caption of Big Brother's poster: "IGNORANCE IS STRENGHT." Orwell capitalises all letters, to reinforce the Party's idealism. Otherwise, on Steven Pinker point of view, the 'Media' is and will be the helpful in the future: "Far from making us stupid, these technologies are the only things that will keep us smart." Essentially, 'Media' is helping us to generate new thought and improve our I.Q. scores; Hence, Newspeak and 'Media' are different to each other because one is damaging and narrowing intelligence; 'Media' is not.

After researching upon the benefits and disadvantages of Newspeak and today's 'Media' one can conclude that, Media might be relatable to the way Newspeak present itself, but it has a completely different task: to keep humans smart and expand their range of knowledge on other's
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