In this book the totalitarian government has total control over the people. The government watches everyone with telescreens which are pretty much cameras, they say “Big Brother is watching”. Also there is police called “thought police” they handle thought crime, which are thinking of something against the law. If you get caught committing a thought crime you are sentenced to death. That’s a bit harsh; the government is taking it way too far.
The most convicted thought crime is people saying “down with Big Brother” The government also abuses their power in this society. There are three social classes in this society the inner party, the outer party, and the proles. The inner party is the government members and the smarter people. The outer party is made of the normal people in society, and the proles are the poor. You are born into the social class you are in you cannot move up or down. The government abuses their power by totally controlling the outer party and proles, but the inner party has way more privilege than the others.
They are not watched as the outer and proles are. They can commit what would be called crimes to the other parties with no consequence. There are some governments today that are totalitarian like the government in “1984”. Some examples are North Korea and Singapore. They may not be as strict as the government in Oceania but they are the same type of government. They have strict laws and harsh convictions like Oceania. North Korea is the most like Oceania’s government. In North Korea every radio is locked onto a government frequency.
Cell phones and the internet is banned also, they only allow elite members of the government to access them. This is like the government in “1984” the members of the higher class get away with more things than lower classes. “The bubble that Kim Jong Il has created allows him to manipulate the minds of Korean right down to their daily life’s”. Says Fabienne Hernandaise Yahoo! Contributor Network. “North Korea is a real life “1984””. Says Tony Poe, Marketing Director, Poe Travel many things are exactly the same. Just like in the book citizens are closely monitored, people don’t say anything that would cause their neighbor to rat them out.
They both brain wash people in their society, there are posters everywhere. The posters have Kim IL Sung on them in North Korea and “Big Brother is watching” on them in Oceania. Also high rank officials have luxuries in both societies. There are radios in all the houses that are tuned to government channels you can’t turn it off, it’s like the telescreens in Oceania they are always on and always tuned in on you. Singapore is another country with a dictator; their government is also very strict compared to ours. They have the death sentence for small crimes in our country.
If you get caught with drug possession or the use of narcotics the punishment is death. “Singapore a squeaky clean place it is”. Says Kamnan O (????? ) http://www. orientexpat. com/. The act of homosexual leads to imprisonment because kissing between men is illegal. Riots of any kind are illegal, especially against the government. Another law is if you forget to flush the toilet in public it is a $500 fine. You can prevent the abuse of power by making sure that your country has a constitution that cannot be broken.
You can riot to make the government fear you, if everyone rebelled and rioted there would be no way to stop it without killing innocent people. Also Anonymous will get involved and do what they do best. You can post stuff about it online and it might spread to other countries and they take action also. Make sure you know your rights so you can prove that what you doing isn’t illegal. It is our responsibility in the act of our government turning totalitarian to take action. Don’t just sit there and let it happen go out and make sure your rights aren’t taken from you.