Totalitarianism In 1984 By George Orwell

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The world that George Orwell lived in was a dramatically different yet very similar to the one we find ourselves in today. Orwell saw a world undergoing dramatic changes, and in his eyes many of them were not for the better. Changes to the way people thought are what enabled the trends towards totalitarianism that Orwell feared most. As of Orwell’s time, these psychological processes were unnamed and not fully explained, so Orwell took it upon himself to do so. Conceiving of the phrases, NEWSPEAK and DOUBLETHINK, Orwell was seeking to highlight and criticize the cognitive bad habits that people were falling into. Despite Orwell’s warning, NEWSPEAK and DOUBLETHINK continue to plague public thought, particularly political and online…show more content…
These NEWSPEAK words, as Orwell saw them, communicated the thought of the party or the police in as brief and simple a way possible. If one were to call it The National Socialist German Workers' Party, that would cause one to, at least for a moment, to remain thinking about what those words mean and could quite likely come to the realization that the Nazi’s were in fact appropriating an ideology to implement its own agenda, a thoughtcrime in the world of 1984. Gestapo is just the same, when one calls it the Secret State Police it refers to the same entity while causing one to think on the fact that it is a secret police controlled by the state and possibly leading one to the frightening implications of that. A deeper rumination on words is what Orwell feared was deteriorating with the increased tendency to use NEWSPEAK. As NEWSPEAK hasn’t advanced to the point of eliminating all potential for unorthodox thought another technique must be implemented to pacify the minds of Oceania. DOUBLETHINK is a cognitive technique that is imperative to accepting the reality put forth by the party. It involves holding two opposing beliefs in one's mind and believing them both to be true. It enables one to knowingly tell a lie while convincing oneself that it is true or to forget an inconvenient fact while still believing that one knows the truth. Or as mentioned in 1984, to “combine a belief in one's own infallibility with the power to learn from past mistakes”. This
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