Stalin and 1984

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Mechanisms of Control In George Orwell's 1984, the strategies used by Oceania's "Party" to achieve total control over the population are similar to the ones emplaced by Joseph Stalin during his reign. Indeed, the tactics used by Oceania's "Party" truly depicts the brutal totalitarian society of Stalin's Russia. In making a connection between Stalin's Russia and Big Brothers' Oceania, each party implements a psychological and physical manipulation over society by controlling the information and the language with the help of technology. In fact, many features of Orwell's imaginary super-state Oceania are ironic translations from Stalin's Russia. In Oceania, the "Party" mainly uses technology as the chief ingredient to implement a…show more content…
The government assigned this task to the mass media. Every political event in Russia found resonance in a poster. The main Communist Party newspaper, Pravda, announced the issuing of each new poster, political or economic. Publishing information about the posters promoted the style of art among broad masses of Russia. In addition to announcing the new publication of a poster, Pravda would issue a review of the poster. Posters became such an important tool for propaganda, that the words, "Those who take down the poster commit a counter revolution", were printed at the bottom of each poster. Thus, "With the help of this handiwork in the streets and in the squares, the rapprochement between art and the people that other dreamers have been waiting for will come about. It is not pictures hanging in museums, or book illustrations passed among book lovers, or frescoes, which are accessible only to the few, but the poster and the lubok (Russian folk print), which are produced in the millions for the masses and the streets that will bring out to the people, show them what can be done and with brush and paint, intrigue them Salazar 4 by their artistry and unleash the pent up reserves of artistic possibilities" (Viacheslav Polanski). In doing this, Stalin and his regime manipulated and brained
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