The Impact Of Technology On The Repression Of The Id

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Sadakat Chowdhury Utopia/Dystopia S. Park-Primiano Critical Reflection 3: The Role of Technology in the Repression of the Id It is appallingly obvious that technology has made virtually all facets of reality more efficient and easier to access than it has ever been before. With the gamut of conveniences that it allows, technology has become seamlessly integrated into the social infrastructure at almost every level. There is hardly an arena in which technology is not used. While the technological prowess of modern society increases, it is important to note the potential hazards and side effects of this escalation. Among these hazards are the threats of the perpetuation of social stratification, and in effect, antiquation of the…show more content…
While Winston is being scanned, the camera zooms into an MCU shot of Winston’s head and the camera perspective is made to be from the viewpoint of the telescreen that is scanning him. This shot type is juxtaposed with a shot in which the telescreen is incessantly flashing in the background behind Winston as he sits on his desk. These filming styles highlight the prominence of the telescreen and portray it as an omnipotent force controlling Winston’s actions and facial expressions through fear. Because of the presence of this telescreen and the other surveillance cameras throughout this oppressive society, Winston is made to repress his feelings of contempt and discontent within the oppressive regime of Big Brother. More importantly, the fear of these surveillance cameras forces Winston to repress any animalistic urges he has, such as the urge to express his libido for Julia. There are a multitude of scenes within the film that highlight Winston’s fear of expression of his libido when within the presence of a telescreen. One example is when he and Julia make sure that the telescreen is off in O’Connor’s (Michael Redgrave’s) residence when they admit that they had broken party rules by being together. They fear the
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